Wines from South Africa


Plaisir de Merle

 Located on the easterly facing slopes of the Simonsberg in the Paarl region lies one of the Cape’s wine treasures.

Established in 1693 the estate was acquired by Stellenbosch Farmers Winery in 1969 to provide premium quality fruit for the company’s super premium brands. Shortly after this acquisition it was realized that they had something special in hand. In the 1980’s under the expert guidance of then Managing Director Ronnie Melck the historic buildings on the estate were restored to the highest standards of craftsmanship and a technologically current winery built.

The estate is one of the largest in the Cape winelands being some 1,800 acres in extent. There are approximately 850 acres under vines with the prime ten percent of the vineyards designated for the production of the wines that bear the Plaisir de Merle moniker.

No lack of detail was spared in all that has been done to revitalize the estate to its’ former glory and thus, with the aid of Chateau Margaux winemaker, Paul Pontellier, cellarmaster Niel Bester spent five years developing a set of wines showing a thread of continuity from French influences to uniquely South African characteristics.

 
 
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon
 

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested from four different vineyard blocks.

This full-bodied wine is dark red in color with lots of red berry fruit, spice, cedar and vanilla. It finishes with dark chocolate and ripe fruit backed by spices and soft tannins.

This wine is an outstanding food wine with ideal accompaniments being red meat and pasta dishes.

The wine is ready to drink now but will mature well over the next 10 years.

UPC #: 6001452475105 
Awards & Ratings:
* John Platter – 4 Stars
* Concours Mondial – Gold Medal
* International Wine Challenge – Silver Medal