Growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, beginning in 1756. Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust is situated fifteen kilometres south of Stellenbosch in the heart of South Africa’s winelands. The first owner of the property, Henning Huising, settled here in 1693 and named his new-found home “Meerlust”, meaning “pleasure of the sea”, as the manor house sits on a granite outcrop only 5 km from False Bay. Visitors to the Estate – a National Monument – have for centuries anticipated seeing the cool, white façade of the Manor House as they passed through the gates and along the palm and oak tree-lined drive. Today, that sense of having arrived at a most treasured home and estate is enhanced by the knowledge – on seeing the sweep of vineyards that flank the drive – that here grow the grapes of the prized Meerlust wines.
2018 was a challenging vintage for all our varieties but a completely different approach was taken for Pinot Noir to capitalize on the apparent concentration of fruit and ripeness of all the Pinot Noir Vineyards. Grapes were handpicked and selected in the coolness of morning before 100% of the whole bunches were manually transferred to tanks. Partial un-inoculated fermentation took place with careful pigeage twice daily before pressing directly into French oak tight grained Hogsheads for malo-lactic fermentation .For the first time, 25% of the wine raised in a new 2500 L French oak foudre, with the balance being matured in 40% new tight grain Allier oak and 60% second-fill 300 litre casks.