Pronounced lifted floral perfume on the nose with a brooding and seductive dark berry fruit, musk, wild mushrooms and hints of iron, savoury richness and spice and an intense 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.
Grapes were handpicked and selected in the coolness of morning before 100% of the whole bunches were manually transferred to tanks. Partial un-innoculated fermentation took place with careful pigeage twice daily before pressing directly into French oak tight grained Hogsheads for malo-lactic fermentation. 25% of the wine raised in a new 2500 L French oak foudre, with the balance being matured in 60% new tight grain Allier oak and 40% second-fill 300 liter casks.
Alc: 13.0 RS: 2.41 pH: 3.59 TA: 5.64 VA: SO2: FSO2:
94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
A big step up on the 2020 release, this early picked Pinot Noir shows the freshness of the 2021 growing season. Perfumed, refreshing and detailed, it’s arguably the best release yet from Meerlust, partly because it’s now made from younger, unvirused vineyards. Sensitively wooded in 50% new oak, with bright red cherry and raspberry fruit and savoury tannins. 2023-30
4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
21 (92 pts) similar to 19 in its lively, supple feel, ripe dark cherries & balanced tannins. Oak more subtle, complementary; small & portion aged in 2,200 lt foudres. Still youthfully edgy, better after 6-12 months.