August 28, 2006

Meerlust Estate

Meerlust Merlot 2001 – Winner at the Tri Nations Wine Competition

Meerlust Merlot 2001 is winner of the Merlot category

At the Tri Nations award winning ceremony in Sydney on the 28th August 2006, Bob Campbell MW, announced that the Meerlust Merlot 2001 was the winner of the Merlot category.

Each year, three judges, Michael Fridjhon from South Africa, James Halliday from Australia and Bob Campbell from New Zealand, select the best wines in each category from their own country. The judging process is held in Sydney under the auspices of Chairman Robert Joseph.

Hannes Myburgh, the owner of Meerlust comments “The Meerlust Merlot 2001 competed against 21 of the best Merlots from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Of the top 5 Merlots selected, three of the wines came from Australia and two from South Africa. We are very proud not only of our Merlot 2001, but that we as South Africans beat fierce competition from Australia and New Zealand in the Merlot category. We had a very good 2001 vintage at Meerlust, with our Rubicon 2001 winning the Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Trophy for Blended Red Wine at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London”

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