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Making fine wines on the Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, dating back to 1756. Long recognised for producing world-class wines, the Meerlust Estate is singularly rich in charm and history. A tour of the estate reveals its historic manor house, classical wine cellar, rose gardens, family cemetery, dovecote and bird sanctuary.
Today, the family tradition of dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of owner Hannes Myburgh, who studied winemaking at Geisenheim, Germany and Château Lafite, France, and Giorgio dalla Cia, a native of Italy and an internationally renowned winemaker. The wines of Meerlust are highly acclaimed. Robert Mondavi wrote in the Meerlust guest book: "Your 1986 Rubicon and Merlot are astonishing and truly world-class wines". Maintaining these high standards means that certain labels might not be bottled every year.
Meerlust is situated fifteen kilometers south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay just five kilometers away. Meerlust is uniquely situated for the production of wines with exceptional complexity and character. In the summertime, ocean breezes and evening mists roll in from the coast to cool the vineyards. The grapes ripen slowly, thus achieving full, concentrated varietal aromas and flavours. The soil here is very much like that in Bordeaux, consisting of decomposed granite mixed with clay, and is ideal for growing wine grapes. Two hundred hectares are planted, mainly with red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
The 2008 Rubicon is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc that is raised in French oak for 20 months (65% new). It has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, black truffle and tar. The palate is well balanced with supple ... more