|Platter's Wine Guide 2021: 4.5 stars|
|Tim Atkin MW Special South Africa Report 2021: 91 points|
£22.80 per bottle
The dark fruit and opulence of the Meerlust Merlot 2017 is immediately apparent. Meerlust have been refining the viticulture to produce more balanced, flavourful fruit. Intense dark brambly fruit on the nose,
mulberry, liquorice and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice, tempered by a stony minerality. The medium-full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality. There is a core of juiciness, opulence and richness typical of the variety, while the Cabernet Franc (8%) and Petit Verdot (4.5%) lend greater complexity to the wine.
Ageing potential: Up to 12 years under ideal cellar conditions
Food pairing: Red meats, game and strong cheeses. Ideally served at 18°C – 19°C
Alcohol: 14% ABV
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