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.
55% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
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 vineyards were green-harvested during veraison to reduce yield and increase concentration, tannin ripeness and fruit definition.