Another Fantastic Preview – Tasting the Impressive Meerlust Chardonnay 2016 with Owner Hannes Myburgh…

I was so pleased to catch up with Hannes Myburgh several times during his short trip to the UK recently to hear all about the great progress being made at the estate and also taste probably the best full range of wines I’ve ever tasted from one South African producer.


So many highlights, but tasting the 2015 Meerlust Pinot Noir again was very special and the Chardonnay 2015, wow, beautiful. If you bought the 2015, you are going to want to tuck into the 2016 with equal enthusiasm.


Tasting Notes: Bright clear brilliant straw yellow, this Chardonnay has a beautifully dusty fragrant nose of fresh straw, lemon peel, lees contact, biscuits and savoury wet chalk. Tasted along side the 2015, a 5 Star Platter award winner, you have the perfect benchmark to really compare and contrast the absolute quality of the 2016. This wine is every bit as impressive, with incredible concentration, seamless textured layers of cantaloupe melon, yellow citrus, waxy lemons, pineapple pastille and the most subtle, integrated oak notes. While the 2015 leans towards Meursault, the 2016 is slightly more Puligny Montrachet in character with nuanced nuttiness and vital, fresh acids. It’s certainly a wine that carries real presence, projects massive intensity of flavour and does not put a foot wrong. If this does not get another 5 stars, I’ll eat my hat! (Wine Safari Score: 94+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)

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