92 Points & 4.5 Stars ~ Platter’s South African Wines Guide 2019
Meerlust Estate Merlot 2016
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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 and Petit Verdot lend greater complexity to the wine. Perfect match with red meats, game and strong cheeses.