Meerlust Merlot 2017

Tasting Notes

Winery: Meerlust
Varietal: Merlot
SKU: MEEMER2017 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Meerlust merlot 2017



4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Merlot’s inherent plush dark fruit handsomely polished, spiced with 50% new French oak; usual small additions of cab franc, petit verdot contribute complexity to firm yet ripe structure, 17 (93 pts) excellent example of stylish vintage.

91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021

Merlot grapes on shale soils are the source of this wine, which is made in a smooth, easily accessible style. Combined with 15% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and aged in 54% new wood, it’s a subtle, graceful, granular style with silly tannins and floral red berry and capsicum flavours. 2022-27

Winemaker Notes

87.5% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% Petit Verdot

Selected from vineyards of 27 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 took place in stainless steel tanks with daily remontage for gentle extraction. A portion of the wine was given extended maceration on the skins before pressing. Malolactic fermentation took place in 300 litre French oak Hogsheads. Maturation in 54% new French oak, 46% second fill for 17 months before bottling. The Meerlust Merlot 2017 is a blend of 87,5% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc for structure and acidity and 4,5% Petit Verdot which gives the wine a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins.

The dark fruit and opulence of the wine is immediately apparent. We have been refining the viticulture to produce more balanced, flavourful fruit. 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.

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