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Date Printed: 11/28/2015
Meerlust Merlot 2003
Meerlust Merlot 2003
(search item no. 91927)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2015: $25.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

This noble varietal is blended with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon displaying a classic cassis flavor with silky, savory tannins. Soft and spicy at an earlier age, with rounded berry flavors, this is a deep garnet-colored wine. It will develop further in the bottle for 5 - 10 years.

This wine pairs well with red meat, venison, game pot-roasts and noble 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.