The wine has an intense, dark purple colour 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 flavours of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and silky, the acidity fresh, the flavour profile focused and linear. The wine has a persistent and long-lasting aftertaste.
SOIL TYPE Decomposed granite mixed with clay.
The Meerlust Red 2016 is a blend of 52% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot.
The vineyards were green-harvested during veraison to reduce yield and increase concentration, tannin ripeness and fruit definition.
VINIFICATION The grapes were handpicked and fermented separately before undergoing malolactic fermentation in new and seasoned oak, before selection, blending and bottling. The 2014 Meerlust Red was barrel aged in 56% new Nevers and 44% second-fill casks.
ANALYSIS Residual Sugar: 2.2 g/l Alcohol: 14% pH 3.52 TA 6.2
AGEING POTENTIAL 10-12 years from vintage date.
IDEALLY SERVED AT 18-20°C
COMPLEMENTS Venison, game, pot roast and noble cheeses