A red wine with character

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

  • MEE-052017
  • Impresses with classic fruit and liquorice notes
  • Full-bodied, soft red wine matured in oak
  • Awarded 93 points by critic Tim Atkin
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27.00€ 36.00€/l

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In an intense violet, the Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon flows into the glass and scents wonderfully...
In an intense violet, the Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon flows into the glass and scents wonderfully of blackcurrants and plums. Smoky aromas and cedar notes underline the fruity nuances. On the palate, the red wine scores with classic fennel and liquorice aromas as well as rich fruit notes. Full-bodied and soft on the palate, the Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon remains in the memory for a long time. Enjoy the red wine, which was matured for 17 months in French oak, pure or with dishes of game or dark meat.


Jg. 2017
Old Mutual Trophy Bronze, Tim Atkin 93 Points
Jg. 2016
4.5 John Platter Stars
Jg. 2015
4.5 John Platter Stars, IWSC Bronze, IWSC Silver, Old Mutual Trophy Bronze
Jg. 2014
4 John Platter Stars, Old Mutual Trophy Bronze
Jg. 2013
4.5 John Platter Stars, Robert Parker 85 Points, Tim Atkin 92 Points

Expert Judgement

"Notwithstanding the 14 5% alcohol, this 40% new wood-aged Cabernet is driven by acidity. Sourced from various blocks on clay, granite, shale and alluvial soils, it's floral and graceful, with some stony grip and notes of orange zest, cassis and red berries." Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2021

Goes With:

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Grape Varieties:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Importer/ Distributor:
Distell (Europe) Ltd- 209-217 High St- TW12 1NP Hampton Hill- United Kingdom
Food Business Operator:
CAPREO GmbH, Gildeweg 10, 46562 Voerde, Germany
Meerlust, Baden Powell Drive, 7599 Stellenbosch, Südafrika
Bottle Cap:
27.00€ / bottle à 0,75 l
Filling Quantity:
0,75 l
Alcohol Strength:
14,5 % Vol.
5,4 g/l
Residual Sugar:
2,6 g/l
Serve at:
16-18 °C
Best before:
In the Cellar:
Matured in French oak for 17 months.
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Meerlust – family-owned for over 250 Years

Since 1756, Meerlust has been owned by the family Myburgh. Meanwhile, the family runs the estate in the eighth generation and plays a huge role in the ongoing success, together with the fantastic team around of cellarer Chris Williams. The name Meerlust means ‘the joy of the sea’, after all, the yard is just about five kilometres away from the False Bay. Many historical buildings on the site are a testament to the eventful history of the family and the whole land. Since 1987, the entire winery Meerlust is a national monument of South Africa. Numerous artists have used it for inspiration, such as the South African Jacob Hendrik Pierneef or the American author James Michener.

The repeated Crossing of the Rubicon

Especially because of its red wine Rubicon, Meerlust gained the reputation of being the icon of South African wine. It questioned all established ideas about wine from South Africa. During a trip to the French Bordeaux, Nico Myburgh, the father of today’s owner, realised that the terroir of the French area was very similar to his in Meerlust. But whilst until then only single-grape wines had been produced in South Africa, the Bordeaux wines flourished simply because of the various grapes that were perfectly balanced in a blend. After his return and some years of experimenting, Meerlust created not only one of the first South African blends, but the very best yet according to many gourmets. With this creation, Meerlust had turned the South African wine world upside down. As a sign for this revolutionary event, the only appropriate name was chosen for this red wine: Rubicon.

Perfect Terroir and numerous Awards

The terroir in Meerlust is very similar to the one in Bordeaux. Both have special climatic conditions that are defined by the cooling sea breeze and simultaneously sufficient sunlight. The soils are mainly a mixture of granite and clay. This terroir is just ideal for the cultivation of various grape varieties. Numerous awards for the Meerlust Rubicon and the other premium wines speak a clear language: due to its terroir and the passionate work of the family Myburgh and its team, Meerlust stands for high class wines on a high level.