Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument. Meerlust, with its historic manor house, classic wine cellar, family cemetery, dovecote and bird sanctuary is situated fifteen kilometers south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay a mere five kilometers away. Wines are only made from grapes grown on the Estate which is uniquely positioned for the production of wines with exceptional complexity and character.
Vineyards of Meerlust
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 flavours. The soils consist of predominantly deep, well drained Hutton and Clovelly soil types, affording the vines excellent drought resistance and an ideal substrata for producing concentrated, complex wines.
The Cellar at Meerlust
Meerlust's stately, Cape Dutch cellar - built in 1776, and originally the Estate's wagon house - reveals a wealth of architectural detail. Beautifully restored by well-known Cape Town architect Revel Fox in 1974, with the installation of new pressing and cellar equipment, the cellar's design is a mellifluous balance between the traditional historic and the functionally modern. Importantly, this carefully planned renovation was successfully combined with the effective provision of the best available cellar installation for the production of superlative quality red wine. During 2008, under the guidance of eighth generation owner, Hannes Myburgh, further modernization of the cellar took place to ensure the meticulous handling of grapes and in particular the vinification of smaller parcels of grapes. Sensitive redevelopment has enabled a functioning modern winery to exist within a historical national treasure. Both time-honoured and modern techniques are applied to achieve the potential of the vineyards and soils, ensuring that each bottle bears the hallmark of Meerlust Estate wine. The wines are all made exclusively from grapes grown on the Estate.
( Source: Meerlust Estate South Africa)