The name ‘Meerlust’ means ‘love of the sea’ and is applied to the farm at the centre of this old estate. Sea breezes cool its well-established (1693) vineyards which are still owned by the Myburgh family – the eighteenth generation – although individual wine makers have put their own stamp on the various vintages. With all that history behind it we expected a half-decent wine – and we weren’t disappointed.
(These notes were made after the bottle had been opened for 36 hours.)
The colour was a deep garnet red but still clear and bright. Its viscosity was apparent which, at at 15% alcohol, you might expect. It had big fruit nose but also an aroma of green grass. Is this the effect of the 11% Cabernet Franc added to the blend? There was also definite smell of pepper. Despite the big, plum fruit flavour it was still had gentle tannins, keeping the wine well-structured and acting as a good balance to the sweet fruit taste. This wine was ripe, rich and savoury with a great length – wonderful to drink. It had held up very well. [Richard: I tried this wine over three days and there was remarkably little deterioration. I try to avoid wines of over 14% but this was very good.]
Supplier – Majestic, price £16.99 for two or more.