Meerlust Estate Chardonnay
Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Wine Advocate
April 28, 2017, Neal Martin
“The 2015 Chardonnay offers light green apple and dried honey scents on the nose. The palate is brisk and breezy on the entry with a fine line of acidity, a touch of tangerine and grapefruit with decent weight on the fresh finish. Enjoy over the next 3-4 years.”
Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, dating back to 1693. Long recognized for producing world-class wines, the Meerlust Estate is singularly rich in charm and history. Meerlust produces wines that are true to the intrinsic character of their vineyards located in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. The diverse soils, unique coastal climate and over 300 years of dedication are all essential components of Meerlust's complex, rich and truly distinctive wines.
Some solids remained in the juice. Transferred to 50% new tight grain Allier French Oak and 50% second fill 300 litre barrels for fermentation. Half of the barrels were inoculated with selected Chardonnay yeast, while the other half underwent un-inoculated, spontaneous fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was given a racking to remove heavy lees and returned to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was barrel matured for 11 months before bottling.
Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is medium bodied and linear but retains generous focused citrus fruit flavours with sleek, balanced and crisp acidity. The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit and stony minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish.
This wine pairs well with grilled fish and red and white meat. Suggested serving temperature is 53°-57°F (12°-14°C).
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Wine Alcohol: 13.52%
Residual Sugar: 1.71
Aging: Up to six years
Suggested Retail Price: $23.00