Our Wines (archived)

Meerlust Chardonnay 2012

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with quince, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is full bodied & generous, but still balanced by crisp acidity. There is ripe tropical fruit & creaminess balanced by a pure minerality typical of the variety. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish indicating the richness and persistence of the vintage.
Alc: 13.08  RS: 2.32  pH: 3.34  TA: 5.58  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2018

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is medium bodied and linear but retains generous focused citrus fruit flavours with sleek, balanced and crisp acidity. The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit and stony minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish. Decanting and exposure to air opens the aroma and palate of the wine


Alc: 12.9  RS: 1.84  pH: 3.15  TA: 6.56  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2017

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is medium bodied and linear but retains generous focused citrus fruit flavours with sleek, balanced and crisp acidity. The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit and stony minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish.


Alc: 13.0  RS: 3.2  pH: 3.5  TA: 6.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2014

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is medium bodied and linear but retains generous focused citrus fruit flavours with sleek, balanced and crisp acidity. The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit and stony minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish.
Alc: 13.52  RS: 1.71  pH: 3.31  TA: 6.7  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2015 -  SOLD OUT

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is medium bodied and linear but retains generous focused citrus fruit flavours with sleek, balanced and crisp acidity. The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit and stony minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish.
Alc: 13.52  RS: 1.71  pH: 3.31  TA: 6.7  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay Collectors Tin 750ml

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is full bodied & generous, but still sleek and balanced by crisp acidity. There is ripe tropical fruit & creaminess balanced by a pure minerality typical of the variety. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish.
Alc: 13.08  RS: 2.32  pH: 3.34  TA: 5.58  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2016

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is medium bodied and linear but retains generous focused citrus fruit flavours with sleek, balanced and crisp acidity. The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit and stony minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish.
Alc: 13.52  RS: 1.71  pH: 3.31  TA: 6.7  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2013

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is full bodied & generous, but still sleek and balanced by crisp acidity. There is ripe tropical fruit & creaminess balanced by a pure minerality typical of the variety. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish.
Alc: 13.08  RS: 2.32  pH: 3.34  TA: 5.58  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2009

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with quince, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness.

On the palate the wine is full bodied and generous, but still balanced by crisp acidity. There is ripe tropical fruit and creaminess balanced by a pure minerality typical of the variety. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish indicating the richness and persistence of the vintage.

Alc: 13.5  RS: 1.9  pH: 3.48  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2013

Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance. On the palate there are very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine lacy, almost powdery tannin on the finish.
Alc: 13.3  RS: 2.79  pH: 3.57  TA: 5.7  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2012

Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance. On the palate there are very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine lacy, almost powdery tannin on the finish.
Alc: 13.9  RS: 2.79  pH: 3.57  TA: 5.7  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2017

Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance. The wine shows pronounced lifted perfume on the nose with red berry fruit, musk, wild mushrooms and hints of savoury richness and spice and a clean vibrant minerality. . On the palate there are very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine lacy, almost powdery tannin on the finish.
Alc: 12.4  RS: 2.2  pH: 3.64  TA: 5.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2010

Intense translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance. Very forthcoming perfume on the nose with musk, wild strawberry, cranberry and hints of savoury richness and spice and a pronounced minerality. The palate is medium bodied with pure Pinot Noir fruit flavours of plum and red cherry supported by an ultra-fine, densely textured tannin structure which adds to the volume and vivacity of the wine.
Alc: 14.0  RS: 2.33  pH: 3.52  TA: 5.9  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2016

Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance. The wine shows pronounced lifted perfume on the nose with red berry fruit, musk, wild mushrooms and hints of savoury richness and spice and a clean vibrant minerality. . On the palate there are very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine lacy, almost powdery tannin on the finish.
Alc: 13.3  RS: 2.8  pH: 3.55  TA: 5.8  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2015 -  SOLD OUT

Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance. The wine shows pronounced lifted perfume on the nose with red berry fruit, musk, wild mushrooms and hints of savoury richness and spice and a clean vibrant minerality. . On the palate there are very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine lacy, almost powdery tannin on the finish.
Alc: 13.3  RS: 2.8  pH: 3.55  TA: 5.8  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2009

Intense yet translucent ruby-purple in colour. The nose has lifted scents of summer fruit, red cherry, strawberry, musky perfume and a distinct minerality. The palate is medium bodied with pure Pinot Noir fruit flavours of plum and red cherry supported by an ultra-fine, densely textured tannin structure which adds to the volume and vivacity of the wine.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 5.9  pH: 3.33  TA:  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2007

Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. A typical Merlot nose with juicy plum and mulberry fruit, lifted spiciness and hints of dark chocolate and graphite.The palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality.
Alc: 14.0  RS: 2.9  pH: 3.45  TA:  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2014

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 full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronoun3.4ced 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.
Alc: 14.0  RS: 2.2  pH: 3.49  TA: 6.13  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2010 -  SOLD OUT

39Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. Intense dark fruit on the nose, mulberry and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice. The 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.
Alc: 14.1  RS: 3.0  pH: 3.60  TA: 6.3  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2008

Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. Intense dark fruit on the nose, mulberry and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice. The 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
Alc: 15.0  RS: 2.9  pH: 3.47  TA: 6.2  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2012

Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. Intense dark brambly fruit on the nose, mulberry and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice, tempered by a stony minerality. The 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
Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.3  pH: 3.49  TA: 6.2  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2013

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 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.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.9  pH: 3.39  TA: 6.7  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot Collector`s Tin 750ml

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 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.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.9  pH: 3.39  TA: 6.7  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2015

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.


Alc: 14.0  RS: 2.2  pH: 3.69  TA: 5.6  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure.
Alc: 14.0  RS: 2.2  pH: 3.6  TA: 5.9  VA: 0.7  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 3.3  pH: 3.56  TA: 6.3  VA: 0.67  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows pronounced plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. There is the characteristic hallmark aromas of fennel and liquorice associated with Meerlust Cabernet. On the palate the wine is full bodied but with richness of fruit and supple tannic structure typical of 2016.
Alc: 14.3  RS: 3.0  pH: 3.57  TA: 6.00  VA: 0.6  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure.
Alc: 14.3  RS: 2.28  pH: 3.57  TA: 6.1  VA: 0.66  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 3.3  pH: 3.56  TA: 6.3  VA: 0.67  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon Collector`s Tin 750ml

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 3.3  pH: 3.56  TA: 6.3  VA: 0.67  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure. Very impressive in youth but the intensity, harmony and balance all promise maturation over the next 15 years.

Alc: 15.0  RS: 1.7  pH: 3.71  TA: 5.9  VA: 0.63  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

2The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim.

On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas.

On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure. Very impressive in youth but the intensity, harmony and balance all promise maturation over the next 15 years.

Alc: 14.7  RS: 2.82  pH: 3.57  TA: 5.92  VA: 0.66  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 has an intense, youthful purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, mulberry, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured with rich blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity.
Alc: 14.0  RS: 2.2  pH: 3.6  TA: 5.9  VA: 0.7  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Red 2011

The wine has an intense, dark purple colour with a violet rim; bright and vivacious in the glass, youthful. The nose is expressive with powerful cassis, plum, exotic spice and hints of floral aromas. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with intense flavours of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and silky, the acidity fresh, the flavour profile focused and linear. The wine has a persistent and long-lasting aftertaste.
Alc: 14.0  RS: 2.3  pH: 3.60  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Red 2009

The wine has an intense, dark purple colour with a violet rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass, very youthful. The nose is expressive with powerful cassis, plum, exotic spice and hints of floral aromas. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with intense flavours of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are very soft and silky with fresh acidity and a focused, linear flavour profile. The wine has a persistent and long lasting aftertaste.

Alc: 14.5  RS: 1.7  pH: 3.62  TA: 6.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2010

The 2010 Rubicon is a classic vintage of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note also evident on the nose. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.9  pH: 3.5  TA: 6.2  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 1999

Deep purple ink colour. A spicy tobacco leaf and cigar box bouquet. Firm tannins, youthful palate. The wine is well-balanced and has good ageing potential.
Alc: 13.2  RS: 2.3  pH: 3.5  TA: 6.3  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2015

Tasted in early 2018, the Rubicon 2015 is showing all of the hallmarks of a great, classic vintage of Rubicon. Incredibly dense purple-ebony core with very slight gradation at the rim. The nose is brooding, dark bramble fruit, cassis, plum, incense and liquorice, it is still very tightly coiled, slowly offering cigar box, crushed stone and subtle oak spice. On the palate the wine is concentrated yet restrained with dark fruit flavours of pastille, mulberry and dark chocolate, all held in an intricate lattice of polished sleek grape tannin. Still very young yet approachable, this Rubicon promises a long future of maturation and enjoyment.


Alc: 14.0  RS: 3.4  pH: 3.66  TA: 5.6  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2000

Swiss International Air Line awards 2005 - Gold
Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2005 - Gold
Best in Class Silver - International Wine and Spirits Competition ( IWCS ) 2005
Deep purple ink colour. A spicy tobacco leaf and cigar box bouquet. Firm tannins, youthful palate. The wine is well-balanced and has good ageing potential.

Alc: 13.4  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.4  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2013

The 2013 Rubicon classic expression of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe tannins which restrain the vibrant dark fruit typical of this vintage, giving the wine an opulent texture which is kept focused by the linear acidity. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit mouthfiilling tannins.
Alc: 13.9  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.53  TA: 6.12  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 1997

Deep purple ink colour. A spicy tobacco leaf and cigar box bouquet. Firm tannins, youthful palate. The wine is well-balanced and has good ageing potential.
Alc: 13.0  RS: 2.8  pH: 3.5  TA: 6.3  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2008 -  SOLD OUT

Very deep, youthfull colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. Still young and still intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
Alc: 14.0  RS: 1.5  pH: 3.65  TA: 6.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2016

The 2016 Rubicon shows great charm and drinkability even at this early stage, no doubt a result of the high Merlot and Cabernet Franc composition. We were very cautious with regards to tannic structure as some of the later Cabs exhibited astringency which we wanted to minimise in the final blend. Wonderful exotic aromas of plum, sandalwood and perfume, still with a touch of creamy vanilla. The palate is medium bodied with a forward dark fruit flavour of cassis and mulberry followed by a lithe tannic structure fleshed out with juicy fruit. The impression is one of litheness and grace rather than over-arching power.


Alc: 13.9  RS: 2.56  pH: 3.52  TA: 5.9  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2009

The 2009 Rubicon is one of the very best produced to date. A combination of almost perfect weather conditions and mature, healthy and properly sighted vines has ensured a classic, expressive Rubicon. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose withviolets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. Still young and still intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.4  pH: 3.6  TA: 6.0  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 1995

A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon; 23 % Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. The wine has a intense purple, almost black appearance with a light rim. One the nose the wine has powerful, ripe berry and black currant aromas supported by elegant plum and vanilla scents. Hints of clove spice and cedar wood are testimony to the barrel aging and youth of the wine. The palate has a mouthfilling bouquet of berry fruit and ripe plums, supported by fine tannins and fresh acidity. The wine already has a velvety, rich mouthfeel and a long lingering aftertaste.
Alc: 12.96  RS: 2.9  pH: 3.55  TA: 6.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2001

Basel Wine Fair September 2006, Switzerland - Gold (Medaille d'or) with 89 points out of 100
Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards 2006 - Seal of Approval
Ultra dark, intense, opaque & concentrated. Very youthful with cerise rim. Exuberant cassis fruit on the nose, black cherry, blackcurrant & nettle-bush followed by cigar box, red earth & hints of minerality. The wine is full bodied with a concentrated fruit core wrapped by lush, sleek tannins and an earthy minerality. Refreshingly dry on the finish, the wine has a prolonged pleasant aftertaste.

Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.4  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon Collector's Tin 750ml

The 2010 Rubicon is a classic vintage of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note also evident on the nose. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.9  pH: 3.5  TA: 6.2  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2012

The 2012 Rubicon is another superb expression of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe tannins which restrain the vibrant dark fruit typical of this vintage. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit mouthfiilling linear tannins.
Alc: 14.4  RS: 1.9  pH: 3.6  TA: 5.8  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2004


Alc: 14.42  RS: 2.45  pH: 3.76  TA: 5.57  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2014

The 2014 Rubicon displays the restraint and elegance of the cooler vintage. Still showing a very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Beautifully perfumed and floral nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is medium bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe tannins which restrain the vibrant delicate fruit typical of this vintage, giving the wine an opulent texture which is kept focused by the linear acidity. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit mouthfiilling tannins
Alc: 14.1  RS: 2.2  pH: 3.51  TA: 5.91  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 1996

A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon; 20 % Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine has a deep inky, plum color with a bright ruby, almost purple rim. The bouquet has a pronounced spicy and grassy bouquet, with hints of plum and brambles as well as smokey, cedar-wood perfume. The palate is still youthful with soft, fleshy fruit and firm tannins. It is showing a fresh fruit acidity which will allow the wine to age well as well as being a good accompaniment to fine cuisine.
Alc: 12.55  RS: 2.8  pH: 3.8  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2003

Intense, opaque ruby core with cerise rim. Powerful primary nose of black currant, cigar box, smoked meat and minerals promising long maturation potential. On the palate the wine shows remarkable approachability with intense dark fruit juiciness coming from a renowned Cabernet Sauvignon vintage. Tannins are still structured but there is plenty of fruit density to reward further aging.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.69  TA: 5.27  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 1999

Pale gold colour. The initial aroma is honey and reminiscent of lemons and limes, with hints of creaminess, developing into a buttery and roasted hazelnut bouquet with hints of nougat, marzipan and white chocolate. The wine has a long and pleasant aftertaste of roasted almonds.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.4  pH: 3.14  TA: 5.6  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2000

Pale gold colour. The initial aroma is honey and reminiscent of lemons and limes, with hints of creaminess, developing into a buttery and roasted hazelnut bouquet with hints of nougat, marzipan and white chocolate. The wine has a long and pleasant aftertaste of roasted almonds.
Alc: 13.3  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.27  TA: 5.75  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2005

Vibrantly bright platinum gold appearance with pronounced green hue. The expressive nose is complex with lime and lemongrass and a creamy, yellow apple bouquet. The nose also exhibits toasted nuts, marzipan and honey notes. On the palate the wine is full bodied and generous, retaining a vivacious freshness and crisp acidity. The mid palate is packed with a creamy mouth-feel and expressive minerality and the wine has a long, lingering pleasant aftertaste.
Alc: 14  RS: 1.85  pH: 3.55  TA: 6.0  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 1998

Pale gold colour. The initial aroma is honey and reminiscent of lemons and limes, with hints of creaminess, developing into a buttery and roasted almonds bouquet with hints of nougat, marzipan and white chocolate. The wine has a long and pleasant aftertaste of roasted almonds.
Alc: 13.3  RS: 1.7  pH: 3.2  TA: 6.0  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2003 -  SOLD OUT

Clear & bright, pale gold with pronounced green hue. Lime, crushed lemongrass & cream on the nose. Very fresh with hints of toast, honey & roasted nuts as well as nougat & marzipan. Fresh on the palate with citrusy and tropical fruit flavours followed by a rich creaminess & concentrated fruit finish. Palate also shows a pronounced chalkiness & minerality making it ideal for seafood.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.5  pH: 3.36  TA: 5.5  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 1995

A brilliantly clear, pale gold color with hints of green. Initial aroma is reminiscent of lemons and limes with hints of creaminess vanilla and honey. This develops into a buttery, roasted almond bouquet with hints of nougat, marzipan and almonds. The palate is very full, with a rich mouthfeel, yet remains elegant and crisp. A long pleasant aftertaste of roasted nuts and butter.
Alc: 12.5  RS: 2.4  pH: 3.34  TA: 5.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 1996

An elegant Chardonnay with complexity that reflects the aging of the vineyard. The bouquet has a honeyed sweetness, with hints of marzipan and roasted almonds. The palate is full with a rich buttery flavors and lingering aftertaste. A full bodied wine similar to the famous Montrachet style.
Alc: 13.0  RS: 2.3  pH: 3.3  TA: 5.7  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 1997

The wine is a brilliantly clear, pale gold with hints of green. The initial aromas are reminiscent of lemons and limes, with hints of creaminess. This develops into a buttery, roasted almond bouquet with hints of nougat, marzipan and honey. The palate is very full, with a rich mouthfeel - yet remains elegant and crisp. The wine has a long, pleasant aftertaste of roasted nuts and butter. The wine will develop well over the next two or three years, and maintain its peak for up to 4 or 5 years. Serve at 14°-16°C
Alc: 12.5  RS: 2.4  pH: 3.34  TA: 5.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2001

Pale gold colour. The initial aroma is honey and reminiscent of lemons and limes, with hints of creaminess, developing into a buttery and roasted hazelnut bouquet with hints of nougat, marzipan and white chocolate. The wine has a long and pleasant aftertaste of roasted almonds.
Alc: 14.0  RS: 1.9  pH: 3.4  TA: 6.0  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2006

Bright, vivacious platinum hue with green tinge. Complex bouquet of lemongrass, limes lemon meringue, oatmeal, quince and expressive minerality. On the palate the wine is medium bodied but with bright acidity, flavours of lime, marzipan, creamy oak and expansive apple and pear characteristics, balanced by pure, linear mineral notes and finishing clean and long.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 1.61  pH: 3.25  TA: 6.5  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 1997

This garnet and ruby-hued Pinot Noir has black cherry, raspberry and rich strawberry aromas. Surprise clove spices, with hints of mineral earthiness and pepper on the nose that follow through to the palate. Full bodied-mouthfeel, with fine tannins. Nice, lingering fruits on the delicate finish. In the classical styles of fine Pinot Noir!
Alc: 13.0  RS: 2.0  pH: 3.61  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir Reserve 1999

Dark onion skin colour. Wild berries and concentrated black truffle bouquet. There is an underlying smokiness spiciness, which will develop into the typical organic mushroom character of Pinot Noir.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 1.8  pH: 3.6  TA: 6.2  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2006


Alc: 14.1  RS: 2.95  pH: 3.64  TA: 5.99  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2000

Dark onion skin colour. Wild berries and concentrated black truffle bouquet. There is an underlying smokiness & spiciness, which will develop into the typical organic mushroom character of Pinot Noir.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.2  pH: 3.59  TA: 5.9  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2001

Medium transluscent bright ruby in colour. Slight tawny-ruby rim. The wine exhibits a typical Pinot Noir bouquet of ripe spring strawberry fruit, cranberry & perfumed musk. There is a hint of gaminess & wild mushrooms on the nose. Medium bodied with bright, clean fruit flavours of red berries & cherries. Vibrant fresh acidity & silky, layered tannins on the finish.
Alc: 14.0  RS: 3.0  pH: 3.6  TA: 6.0  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2007


Alc: 14.5  RS: 4.50  pH: 3.62  TA: 5.67  VA:  TSO2: 100  FSO2: 30

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2004

Intense yet translucent magenta-purple in colour. The nose has lifted scents of autumn fruit, wild strawberry, musky perfume and a distinct minerality. The palate is medium bodied with pure Pinot Noir fruit flavours of plum and red cherry supported by an ultra-fine, densely textured tannin structure which adds to the volume and vivacity of the wine.
Alc: 14.3  RS: 1.86  pH: 3.76  TA: 5.37  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 1999

The wine's bouquet is fruity with cassis and plum. On the palate it is full with fine tannins and an excellent balance. It will age very well for up to 12 years.
Alc: 12.66  RS: 3.18  pH: 3.43  TA: 5.9  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2005

Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. A typical Merlot nose with juicy plum and mulberry fruit, lifted spiciness and hints of dark chocolate and inkiness. The palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality.
Alc: 14  RS: 2.5  pH: 3.56  TA: 6.5  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2000

The wine's bouquet is fruity with cassis and plum. On the palate it is full with fine tannins and an excellent balance. It will age very well for up to 12 years.
Alc: 13.3  RS: 2.97  pH: 3.5  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 1997

Intense, dark plum colour, still very youthful. Blue berry and black cherry bouquet, with a hint of minerals and cedar wood.
Alc: 13.0  RS: 2.7  pH: 3.5  TA: 6.2  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2001

Basel Wine Fair September 2006, Switzerland - Certificat d'honneur with 86 points
Very intense, almost purple black in colour, very lively & bright. Typically Merlot on the nose with juicy plum & mulberry fruit, followed by a pronounced spicyness, cloves & liquorice bouquet. The wine is also starting to show secondary characteristics of red earth, chocolate & ink on the nose, as well as a smoked meat complexity. The Merlot is full bodied with mouth-filling juicy fruit opulence, creamy richness and very soft, textured tannins. There is a core of richness & structure which will open up as the wine matures.

Alc: 14.0  RS: 2.0  pH: 3.6  TA: 6.0  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2008

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue.Complex, appealing nose with quince, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness.

On the palate the wine is full bodied & generous, but still balanced by crisp acidity. There is ripe tropical fruit & creaminess balanced by a pure minerality typical of the variety. The wine has a long , very pleasant lingering finish indicating the richness and persistence of the vintage.

Alc: 13.0  RS: 1.84  pH: 3.28  TA: 6.51  VA:  TSO2: 80  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 1996

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a very intense, dark plum color. Its nose exhibits themes of black and red berry fruits, combined with rich spiciness and cedar wood perfumes. The palate is mouthfilling, supple and succulent with robust tannins and fresh acidity. Nice warm finish. A very elegant and balanced wine that willl age beautifully. Serve with red meats, game and strong cheeses.
Alc: 12.59  RS: 2.7  pH: 3.64  TA: 6.0  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 1989

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bred to a deep garnet color, Meerlust Merlot 1989 displays the finesse and distinction one would expect from a classics Merlot. Mellow, velvety with a hint of sweetness imparted by the berries, this complex wine is full-bodied and the splendid result of a good vintage year. Because of its tremendous concentration, this Merlot has the potential of greatly improving in complexity in the bottle.
Alc: 13.0  RS: 3.2  pH: 3.28  TA: 6.0  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2004

Intense, deep plum-black colour with cerise rim. The nose is vivacious with ripe plum, mulberry and creamy fruit with hints of fennel, ink and spices. The palate is rich and opulent densely packed with ripe Merlot fruit and supported by silky soft, sleek tannins. The wine has excellent length with a lingering aftertaste.
Alc: 14.38  RS: 1.7  pH: 3.66  TA: 5.44  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2007


Alc: 13  RS: 1.75  pH: 3.31  TA: 6.48  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

The wine has a deep, opaque plum-black appearance, very bright and youthful. The nose exhibits lifted cassis, plum and mineral notes with intense stony and graphite aromas. The palate is full yet elegant where the bouquet follows through and the intensity of fruit is balanced by a vibrant acidity and sleek, polished tannins. The palate is lingering and finishes clean with lingering dark fruit flavours. Elegant, well structured wine with a long lingering finish.
Alc: 13.86  RS: 2.31  pH: 3.72  TA: 5.46  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Red 2005


Alc: 14.31  RS: 2.56  pH: 3.68  TA: 6  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2007

Very deep, youthful colour, intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
Alc: 14.1  RS: 2.9  pH: 3.65  TA: 6.03  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2008

Intense, translucent youthfull purple-ruby appearance. Very forthcoming perfume on the nose with musk, wild strawberry, cranberry and hints of savoury richness and spice and a pronounced minerality.. The palate is medium bodied with pure Pinot Noir fruit flavours of plum and red cherry supported by an ultra-fine, densely textured tannin structure which adds to the volume and vivacity of the wine.
Alc: 13.79  RS: 2.33  pH: 3.68  TA: 5.5  VA:  TSO2: 100  FSO2:

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2011

Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance.

Lifted perfume on the nose with red berry fruit, musk, wild and hints of savoury richness and spice and a pronounced minerality .

Very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine lacy tannin on the finish.

Alc: 13.9  RS: 2.5  pH: 3.59  TA: 5.2  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Chardonnay 2011

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with quince, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is full bodied and generous, but still balanced by crisp acidity.

There is ripe tropical fruit & creaminess balanced by a pure minerality typical of the variety. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish indicating the richness and persistence of the vintage.

Alc: 13.67  RS: 2.2  pH: 3.30  TA: 6.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Red 2002

Medium dark opaque ruby core with cerise rim. Intense cassis and mocha nose initially. Hints of creamy oak and baking spice with earthiness & minerality. Full bodied palate with lively natural acidity. Juicy plum-cassis fruit, fine silky tannins & excellent length.
Alc: 13  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.4  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2006 (Magnum)

Very deep, youthfull colour, intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedarwood and intense spicinesss. Still very young but brooding, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.

Alc: 14.39  RS: 2.98  pH: 3.56  TA: 6.00  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Rubicon 2005 (Magnum)

The wine has an intense, opaque deep ruby colour, very slight gradation to the rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass, very youthful. The nose is brooding and restrained at this stage, yet beginning to emerge with deep, dark fruit, cassis, plum and black cherry. There is a pronounced minerality on the nose with graphite, cedar smoke and cigar box bouquet. The palate is beautifully structured, fuller bodied than some earlier vintages of Rubicon due to the intensity of  the fruit and intricate tannin structure. The wine exhibits rich juiciness and savour already, but the compactness and sinewy taughtness of this young wine suggest a long maturation potential. The perfectly formed, ripe  tannins are densely packed and tightly woven but  remain lithe and almost powdery, giving the wine a generous opulence even at this early phase of its development.

Alc: 14.42  RS: 2.45  pH: 3.76  TA: 5.57  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

Meerlust Merlot 2006


Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.5  pH: 3.71  TA: 6.27  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:


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