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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Meerlust Merlot 1999
Meerlust Merlot 1999
(search item no. 78318)

PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a very intense, dark plum color. Its nose exhibits themes of black and red berry fruits, combined with rich spiciness (peppers and nutmeg) and cedar wood perfumes. The palate is mouthfilling, supple and succulent with robust tannins and fresh acidity. Nice, warm finish. A very elegant and balanced wine that will age beautifully. Serve with red meats, game and strong cheeses.
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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.