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The state of South African wine label design

Does South African wine packaging reflect the excellence of what most commentators agree is now appearing in the bottle? The second annual Wine Label Design Awards sponsored by Rotolabel and convened by Winemag.co.za were announced last night (full resuls HERE) and the feeling among the judges (Rebecca Constable of Woolworths, designers Sean Harrison of Whitespace […]

February 26, 2016
by Christian
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Meerlust Pinot Noir 2015

While the 2016 edition of Platter’s has yet to review the 2014 vintage of Meerlust Pinot Noir let alone the 2015, last year’s wine is indeed commercially available – R241.45 a bottle from Liquor City Claremont – which does seem extraordinarily early. Needless to say, the wine currently appears extremely youthful. Red and black cherry […]

February 9, 2016
by Christian
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Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 1975

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 […]

November 9, 2015
by Christian
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Meerlust Rubicon 1995

It’s a heretical position to take but I’m not sold on the 2010 vintage of Rubicon from iconic Stellenbosch property Meerlust. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, it was matured for 21 months in French oak, 60% new. Winemaker Chris Williams has done his best to […]

November 9, 2015
by Christian
with 3 Comments

South Africa’s top six “iconic wine farms”

During a conversation over lunch yesterday, a winelands property agent asked me which South African wine farms I considered to be “iconic”. In 2011, self-made billionaire Zdenek Bakala and business associate Charles Harman acquired Klein Constantia for a reported R200 million and I guess the agent was asking what other properties would warrant that sort […]

September 21, 2015
by Christian
with 10 Comments

The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2014

The Grenache Blanc 2014 (W.O. Voor Paardeberg) made under The Foundry label co-owned by Chris Williams of Meerlust defies a tasting note by flavour descriptors but it’s sensational. There’s a sense of stone fruit although it’s difficult to be more specific than that. What impresses about the wine is how it manages to be so […]

July 6, 2015
by Christian
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Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2011

Local Shiraz might be getting all the plaudits at the moment but I think it would be premature to write-off Bordeaux-style red blends just yet – nobody’s going refuse a glass of Kanonkop Paul Sauer or Meerlust Rubicon on principle. Muratie doesn’t enjoy the same stature as the two properties above but its version of […]

April 7, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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The Foundry Syrah 2008

As regular readers of this website might have noticed, I really like the aesthetic that Meerlust winemaker Chris Williams brings to his own-label The Foundry wines. The current-release Syrah 2008 is not a perfect wine but it is fascinating. From Faure grapes, fermentation started spontaneously and was finished by a neutral Rhône yeast with minimal […]

January 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments
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