The Meerlust Estate ( now a national monument) is located, fifteen kilometres south of Stellenbosch in the heart of South Africa’s winelands. The first owner of the property, Henning Huising, settled there in 1693 and named his new-found home ‘Meerlust’, which means ‘pleasure of the sea’, this because the manor house sits on a granite outcrop only five kilometres from False Bay. Wine production began in 1756 and Meerlust is recognized for producing world-class wines.
Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation owner of Meerlust, graduated from Stellenbosch University with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in French and English in 1982, before studying winemaking at Geisenheim in Germany. Hannes worked at Chateau Lafite in France and Von Oetinger in Germany.
Grapes for this Merlot were selected from vineyards of 27-year-old plantings situated on well drained yet clay-rich Oak leaf, Vilafontes and Klapmuts soil. 30% vendage vert (green harvesting cluster removal) at 60% veraison to ensure concentration and even-ripening. Leaves around the bunches were removed 3 weeks before harvesting to ensure physiological ripeness of the berries. Grapes were hand-picked & selected before crushing. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with partial un-inoculated fermentation with daily pump-overs for gentle extraction. A portion of the wine was given extended maceration on the skins for three weeks before pressing. Malolactic fermentation took place in 300 litre French oak Hogsheads. Maturation was in 50% new Nevers French oak, 50% second fill Nevers for 17 months before bottling. The Meerlust Merlot 2017 is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc for structure and acidity and 5% Petit Verdot.