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Meerlust Estate Chardonnay, Stellenbosch

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Attractively platinum in colour with bright green inflections. Complex and pretty on the nose with notes of quince, citrus and vibrant florals, which develop into lemon curd, oatmeal and marzipan richness. Full bodied and generous on the palate with a crisp acidity and a long, mineral finish.#

Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the dedication to quality winemaking continues under the guidance of 8th generation, Hannes Myburgh. Cellar Master, Chris Williams, who has worked on the estate since 1995 has been in charge of winemaking since 2004. The name Meerlust means “pleasure of the sea”, as the property is situated 5km from False Bay (and 15km south of Stellenbosch), with the cooling influence of the coast, allowing the grapes ripen slowly.

Partial whole bunch pressing and static settling takes place overnight with some solids remaining in the juice. The juice is then transferred to 60% new tight grain Allier French Oak and 40% second fill 300 litre barrels for fermentation. Half of the barrels are inoculated with selected Chardonnay yeast, while the other half undergo un-inoculated, spontaneous fermentation. After fermentation, the wine is given a racking to remove heavy lees and returned to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine is barrel matured for 12 months before bottling.
 
Producer Meerlust Estate
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Grape Varieties Chardonnay
Style 08. Ripe toasty whites
Vintage 2015
Alcohol 13.50%
Food Match grilled fish, pork or roast turkey/chicken.
Bottle Size 75cl

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