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Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2020

Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2020
  • PLA-012020
  • Beautifully fruity with nutty and mineral notes
  • Full-bodied, oak-aged Chardonnay
  • The perfect partner for fish dishes
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14.95€ 19.93€/l

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In a pale straw yellow with green reflections, the Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay flows into the...
In a pale straw yellow with green reflections, the Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay flows into the glass and immediately delights with its wonderful scent of tropical fruits, which is surrounded by citrus aromas and nuances of roasted nuts. On the palate, the full-bodied white wine, which matured for nine months in French oak, impresses with its minerality and fruity notes of dried apricots and pears. Its multi-faceted character makes the Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay a culinary highlight on its own, but it also tastes wonderful with fish, white meat or salads.


Jg. 2020
4 John Platter Stars

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Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2020
Grape Varieties:
Plaisir de Merle
Importer/ Distributor:
CAPREO GmbH- Gildeweg 10- 46562 Voerde- Germany
Food Business Operator:
CAPREO GmbH, Gildeweg 10, 46562 Voerde, Germany
Plaisir de Merle, R 45, 7670 Simondium, Südafrika
Bottle Cap:
Screw Cap
14.95€ / bottle à 0,75 l
Filling Quantity:
0,75 l
Alcohol Strength:
13,5 % Vol.
5,59 g/l
Residual Sugar:
2,9 g/l
Serve at:
8-10 °C
Best before:
In the Cellar:
Matured in French oak for 9 months.

Plaisir de Merle: French flair at the Cape

The vineyards of the Plaisir de Merle estate stretch out at the foot of the Simonsberg. It was founded on 1 December 1693 by Charles Marais, a Huguenot who was looking for a better life for his family in South Africa. Marais was one of the few Frenchmen who already had experience in viticulture when he arrived in the Cape and the estate was one of the first in the region to cultivate vines. Situated between Franschhoek and Paarl, the French influences can still be felt on the estate today. The name Plaisir de Merle comes from the founding family's hometown in France, Le Plessis Marly. Over time, it became Plaisir de Merle, which means "great pleasure".

Plaisir de Merle wines are fruity, spicy and complex

The wines of the estate are also a great pleasure. The focus is on the grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, which originally come from France, and the wines are matured in French oak barrels. The grape varieties are fermented individually and blended only shortly before bottling so that they can develop their character in the best possible way. The result: complex wines that are both spicy and fruity. The white wines of the Plaisir de Merle collection are well balanced, while the red wines convince with well-integrated oak notes and soft tannins. The creations of the Limited Edition Range are only produced in particularly good years and the Charles Marais red wine blend is the estate's flagship. Visitors to Plaisir de Merle can taste the expressive wines in the tasting room, which is located in a converted barn dating back to 1823, or enjoy the wonderful atmosphere in the shade of old oak trees. The restaurant Plaisir Market serves light meals.

Plaisir de Merle is Conservation Champion of the WWF

In addition to the expressive wines that tantalise the senses, Plaisir de Merle has plenty to offer for the eyes. The Manor House, built in 1764, is one of the earliest and finest examples of unique Cape Dutch architecture, and the Water Mill – a replica of the historic mill created by Jacob Marais for his wife Maria in the 18th century – are architecturally interesting structures and keep the history of the estate alive to this day. This is also true of the wine cellar, built in 1993, which echoes many symbolic elements. Particularly striking are the gargoyles in the shape of griffins on the walls, which are supposed to ward off evil spirits, and the doves on the windows are a sign of peace and the new South Africa. The griffin – a mythical creature that is half eagle and half lion – also adorns the winery's logo. According to legend, a griffin guards great treasures and can thus be understood as the guardian over the vineyards of Plaisir de Merle. By combining the farsightedness of the eagle and the courage of the lion, the animal embodies the visions of previous generations on the one hand and serves as a signpost for the future on the other. To ensure this future, Plaisir de Merle is committed to flora and fauna and is one of only 38 wine estates in the Cape to have been awarded the coveted status of Conservation Champion by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).