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Meerlust Pinot Noir 2016

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Meerlust Pinot Noir 2016
Not Rubicon.

Is there any other South African property which manages to apply both the Bordeaux and Burgundy template as convincingly as Meerlust in Stellenbosch? Famed for the Cab-driven Rubicon plus its single-variety takes on Cab and Merlot, you can’t overlook the straight Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, either.

The 2016 vintage of the Pinot was matured for 11 months in French oak, 50% new. On the nose, red cherry, musk and a subtle herbal note. The palate is light bodied (alcohol: 13.3%) with pleasantly tart acidity and fine, grippy tannins. The overall impression you’re left with is that this is a wine of some delicacy. Wine Cellar price: R295 a bottle.

Editor’s rating: 91/100.

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