Merlot, Chris Williams, Meerlust, South Africa 2017
Regular price £25.90
Family owned – energetic winemaker
Meerlust Estate is situated 40 kilometres from Cape Town, on the banks of the Eerste River in the district of Stellenbosch. Johannes Albertus Myburgh bought Meerlust in January 1757. His ownership marked the foundation of the Myburgh Dynasty. Hannes Myburgh, 8th generation owner of Meerlust, is now running the estate with the help of Chris Williams.
Chris was appointed Cellar Master at Meerlust in 2004. He studied Oenology at Elsenberg and gained international experience in France while working for Michel Rolland. Chris is energised by the challenge of developing the vines at Meerlust to their next stage of maturity, while isolating and identifying specific vineyards of excellence and elevating the varietal expression of his grapes.
85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. 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.