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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Meerlust Chardonnay 2007
Meerlust Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 97792)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very youthful, vivid and with a brilliant bright platinum colour and pronounced green hue. Complex nose with citrus fruit, green apple & cream flavours, the nose becomes creamy & nutty with delicious bouquet of marzipan, halva & oatmeal. On the palate the wine is full bodied & generous, but still balanced by crispy acidity. There is ripe tropical fruit & creaminess balanced by a pure minerality typical of the variety. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish indicating the richness and persistence of the vintage.
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About Meerlust:

Meerlust is one of South Africa's most famous and historical wine estates. The land where the farm is now situated was originally owned by a powerful and wealthy free burgher named Henning Huising. After his death in 1713 the estate passed through many hands until it was bought in 1756 by Johannes Albertus Myburgh - and has remained in the Myburgh family ever since.

Nicholaas Myburgh (7th generation of the Myburgh family, and father of present owner Hannes Myburgh) took over the farm in 1950, but the condition of the property had declined severely from its 18th century splendor. Nicolaas set about an extensive restoration of both the buildings and the vineyards. One of his first projects was the construction of a damn that allows for irrigation in exceptionally dry years, but is usually used only after the vintage. He also replanted the vineyards with mainly red varietals.

The farm is approximately 15 kilometers outside Stellenbosch, and is the Stellenbosch estate nearest the Indian Ocean (the name Meerlust is of German origin, and translates to "pleasure of the sea"). The cooling breezes off False Bay allow a slower, steadier ripening period for the grapes. This translates to less loss of fruit aromas, and there is also a lesser risk of a crop being ruined in the event of a sudden, dramatic rise in temperature.