Meerlust Estate Red 2018

meerlust red - wimbledon wine cellar

91+/100 Greg Sherwood MW, A Fine Wine Safari. Never a wine to shout about it’s pedigree, instead it prefers to whisper confidently about it’s regal heritage. This Meerlust Red 2018 is sleek, fresh and light on its feet with delicately perfumed aromatics of dried violets, smokey charcoal embers, raisined red currants and freshly cut cedar spice. The palate is light to medium bodied, cool and crisp, showing a pure, precise black berry elegance, sleek fresh acids and a cool textural linearity. The wine finishes with notes of melted black liquorice, black plum, sappy black currant and charred BBQ’ed savoury notes. Impressive accessibility and a classy harmonious balance make this a really delicious glassful now with added pleasure to be expected over 3-8+ years of ageing.

South African Bordeaux Blend... The high proportion of Cabernet Franc indicates the great quality that this variety showed in 2018, the Merlot adding suppleness and juicy fruit. 

The Meerlust Red 2018 is a blend of 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Franc. The vineyards were green-harvested during veraison to reduce yield and increase concentration, tannin ripeness and fruit definition. The grapes were handpicked and fermented separately before undergoing malolactic fermentation in new and seasoned oak, before selection, blending and bottling. The 2018 Meerlust Red was barrel aged in seasoned Nevers French oak casks for 16 months.

Perfect with casseroles, venison, game or cheese dishes. Also great with spicy dishes.

56% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Franc

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£82.00 a case (6 x 75cl)