2015 was a watershed vintage for our Merlot. We have been refining the viticulture to produce more balanced, flavourful fruit. This, coupled with the perfect conditions of 2015 has produced our best Merlot yet. Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. Intense dark brambly fruit on the nose, mulberry, liquorice and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice, tempered by a stony minerality. The medium-full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality. There is a core of juiciness, opulence and richness typical of the variety, while the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot lend greater complexity to the wine.
Selected from vineyards of 25 year old Estate-grown Merlot 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.
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks with partial un-inoculated fermentation. Daily remontage 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 in 50% new Nevers French oak, 50% second fill Nevers for 16 months before bottling. The Meerlust Merlot 2015 is a blend of 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc for structure and acidity and 7% Petit Verdot which gives the wine a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins.
|Wine||Wine Maker||Main Variety|
|Meerlust Merlot 2016||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2015||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2014||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot Collector`s Tin 750ml||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2013||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2012||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2010||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2008||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2007||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2006||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2005||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2004||Chris Williams||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2001||Giorgio Dalla Cia||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 2000||Giorgio dalla Cia||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 1999||Giorgio dalla Cia||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 1998||Giorgio Dalla Cia||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 1997||Giorgio Dalla Cia||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 1996||Giorgio Dalla Cia||Merlot|
|Meerlust Merlot 1989||Giorgio Dalla Cia||Merlot|