The Meerlust name is synonymous with tradition, elegance and longevity. In fact, it was their Cabernet Sauvignon, produced since 1975, that was the first to carry the Meerlust label. Still in fine shape 40 years…

The Meerlust name is synonymous with tradition, elegance and longevity. In fact, it was their Cabernet Sauvignon, produced since 1975, that was the first to carry the Meerlust label. Still in fine shape 40 years on, the ’75 received an impressive 93-points from Christian Eedes. As the Cabernet partner to our bestselling wine ever, the 2015 Rubicon, and considering its pedigree, the stature of the 2015 vintage and the quiet rejuvenation under Cellar Master Chris Williams’ guidance, the Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is extremely well priced.

Chris took inspiration from the bottlings in the 70s and the 2015 shows this with its classic and elegant style where nothing is overdone or overstated. Layered with satisfying fruit on the palate and balanced by earthy complexity, it’s a quintessential Stellenbosch Cabernet. This 2015 promises great drinking pleasure for two decades and beyond; over and above the wine’s blue-chip potential.

Tasting notes:

Meerlust, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon spent 18 months in 50% new and 50% second-fill oak. It has a lifted, intense bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, briar, cedar and light tobacco scents. A subtle marine influence lends complexity. The palate is clean and fresh on the entry, offering graphite-tinged black fruit, much better weight in the mouth than the 2015 ‘Red’, and gentle grip on the finish. This is an impressive Cabernet from Meerlust that should age with style. – Neal Martin, vinous.com, 91/100

Meerlust, Cabernet Sauvignon 1975 – N/A
The 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon was the first wine to carry the Meerlust label and to celebrate the 40th anniversary, current winemaker Chris Williams recently hosted a tasting which culminated in this very bottling.A haunting nose of red fruit, violets, earth and black olive. The palate light but not lacking in detail – alcohol by volume a mere 11%, the acidity fresh and tannins fine, the finish long and savoury. ‘Vivacious’ was the word Williams used to describe it and he wasn’t wrong. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

 

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