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Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

A gutsy, impressive Cab Sav with intense blackcurrant and plum aromas, with structured tannins and complexity.
Big & Bold, Full-Bodied Red
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Producer Meerlust
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Big & Bold, Full-Bodied Red
Grape Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14.5
Vintage 2017
Extra Info Impressive, gutsy, complex
Food Pairing Guide Roast meat, steaks and game.

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon is an impressive Cab Sav from Stellenbosch with complexity and balance. It has an intense, vivid purple colour and classic aromas of cassis, plum and dark fruits, as well as cigar box - one of the markers of great Cabernet. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured with juicy flavours of intense blackcurrant and plum. Whilst full-bodied, it has a lovely freshness to it, and the tannins lend a rich, bold structure. A great example of this grape variety from one of our favourite winemakers!

Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the dedication to quality winemaking continues under the guidance of 8th generation, Hannes Myburgh. Cellar Master, Chris Williams, who has worked on the estate since 1995 has been in charge of winemaking since 2004. The name Meerlust means “pleasure of the sea”, as the property is situated 5km from False Bay (and 15km south of Stellenbosch), with the cooling influence of the coast, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly.

Vegetarian, but not vegan The grapes come from low-yielding, mature vines grown in decomposed granite mixed with clay. The vines are densely planted on gravelly, low vigour Vilafontes and Dundee soil which has approximately 15% clay to ensure water availability to the vines roots right through the growing season. Partial de-stemming takes place before pressing. Fermentation occurs in small stainless steel vats with regular pumping over for gentle extraction. Partial un-innoculated fermentation takes place. Following malolatic fermentation, the wine was matured for 18 months in tight grained French Nevers oak barrels, 80% new, 20% second passage. The grapes were hand picked and selected in the coolness of the morning.
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