Meerlust Harvest 2017: a South African adventure

You don’t expect things like this to happen when you are a Chemistry student in your hometown. Travelling to other side of the world to join the harvest of one of your most favourite Estates just sound too good to be true!

These were my thoughts again, back in 2013, when I met the Head Winemaker of Meerlust, Chris Williams, at the Knightsbridge store of Amathus drinks. He came in with a big smile on his face and asked if we would be happy to try a vertical of Rubicon with him? “Happy?”, I asked myself; “thrilled” would be much more accurate!!

So, here we are. A few years down the line and I am the Brand Manager of Meerlust wines in the UK. *insert excited face*

My absolutely memorable South African adventure at the “out of this world” Estate can be summarised in the pictures below, enjoy and explore!

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Did you know? Meerlust comes from the German words Meer=sea and lust= joy! The joy of the sea!
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The 17th century mansion is a National Treasure
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The blue, white and earthy colours are one of the highlights
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The Chardonnay cellar
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Barrels under the sun

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Trying to teach China that wine is for humans ONLY
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Playing with the South African light
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Harvest fashion
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Cabernet Franc picking day (6:30 am)

 

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China didn’t leave my side

 

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My little helpers!
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Perfect Cabernet Franc bunch!

 

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James inspecting the Cellar

 

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Ready to go into the grape destemmer

 

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Press me, stomp me, make me wine

 

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Chatting with Chris Williams about wild yeasts while admiring the view from the top of the tanks
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Trying the 3 different Chardonnay barrel parcels

 

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Chris Williams tasting the wild fermented Chardonnay parcel
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The 2017 Pinot Noir is simply gorgeous!
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Look at this bright colour! Mesmerising!
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Chris found my birth-year Rubicon!

 

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You saw it here first! The ONLY Sparkling wine made at Meerlust; special edition bottle for Hannes’s Birthday! It was utterly delicious!
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Ready to go in

 

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No, going into this one instead… not terrifying at all!

 

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So, one needs to clean the tank. Thank goodness I was joined by 2 skillful workers..

 

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The carbon dioxide levels are pretty high in the tank. Breathing becomes more difficult and heavier.

 

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My thighs are burning!
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I did it! The messy side of wine excited me immensely!

 

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Ready to prepare the yeast mixture!

 

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I miss this view so much!

 

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Yeast preperation

 

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First day of South African harvest done! Cheers! A gorgeous drop!

 

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6:30 am and China wants to come to the vineyards again

 

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It’s Cabernet Sauvigon day

 

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A bit of cuddling with the newborn ngunis! Roelie Joubert, the vineyard manager, knows every single vine and animal on the farm! A leading figure in the Meerlust world!
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Wilson, head of the Cellar team,  is a legend!
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If you could only smell the deliciousness of the fruit!

 

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It’s all about sustainability – the stalks go back to the vineyard to be used as fertiliser

 

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The Cellar tasting room

 

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Look at all these vintage posters!

 

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A maquette of the farm

 

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Fermenting barrels (can you see the little bubbles?)

 

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Filling the barrels in the sun

 

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Goodbyes are always hard

 

Hannes Myburgh, 8th generation custodian of Meerlust Estate

Going to South Africa? You simply cannot miss visiting Meerlust Estate!

The loveliest of people, the most stunning of scenes, the most delicious and historic wines!

This is where the South African wine developed to become of top quality, this is the birthplace of Rubicon, the wine that became a worldwide sensation!

Click HERE to book your tasting!

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11 thoughts on “Meerlust Harvest 2017: a South African adventure

  1. Meerlust has always held a special place for me. It was the first place I ever went for a tasting, served the rubicon at my wedding and always make sure to stop it when I visit Cape Town.
    Just wish I could buy some at a reasonable price here in France.

  2. Wow it looks really fantastic! Amazing experience. I love the architecture. Do you know there is a winery in Napa Valley that looks identical to the wineries in that region? It is called Chimney Rock – Google it and you’ll be amazed.

    1. Wow, this is amazing! I just googled Chimney Rock and you are absolutely right, the resemblance (and beauty!) is staggering! Thank you for your comment and for checking out the post 🙂

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