Established by the French Huguenots in 1693 on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains situated between Paarl and Franschhoek, Plaisir de Merle is a rare gem. A Distell showpiece, this 974 hectare estate in Simondium, Paarl, has earned international acclaim for its white and red wines. About 400 hectares are planted with a variety of noble grape cultivars such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Malbec. An area of only about 80 hectares of prime vineyards has been set aside for the Plaisir de Merle cellar. Winemaker Niel Bester attributes the success of his wines to being able to work with great fruit coming from a very unique terrain and the invaluable input from his viticulture team.
After final winemaking was complete, the wine was then racked and transferred to French oak barrels (45% new) to mature for 12 – 16 months. Cellar master, Niel Bester, blended the Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the five different vineyards and then added small percentages of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to complete the final blend.
Inky black ruby core. Ripe, full, modern Cabernet, showing its usual plushness with cassis, plum, sour cherry and mint. A rich, structured palate, and firm tannins. Drinking at its best now and will do so until 2023+