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Predominantly Cabernet Franc and Merlot, coming in at 55% and 33%, respectively, with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon filling in the blend, this comes from the highly touted 2017 vintage. The nose showcases pencil shavings/graphite along with cedar and oak spice that compliment the assortment of red fruits aromatically. Medium fuller bodied this has lovely textural integrity where the wine spreads out across the mid palate, with a suppleness to it, while the core of dark red fruit has a savory nuance that adds complexity. Refined, powdery tannins give a firm structural support on the backend leading to a dry, savory finish. Young and evolving this should drink impressively over the next 5 years quite easily.
The wine has an intense, dark purple color 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 flavors of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and silky, the acidity fresh, the flavor profile focused and linear. The wine has a persistent and long-lasting aftertaste.
Pairing: Complements venison, game, pot roast, and noble cheese. Best served between 64°F and 68°F
Blend Information: 55% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
In the Vineyard: The grapes were hand-picked and fermented separately before undergoing malolactic fermentation in new and seasoned oak, before selection, blending and bottling. The 2017 Meerlust Red was barrel aged in seasoned Nevers French oak casks for 16 months.
The Harvest: The vineyards were green-harvested during veraison to reduce yield and increase concentration, tannin ripeness and fruit definition.