Globally recognized as one of SA’s iconic estates, Meerlust has belonged to the Myburgh Family since 1757. Eighth generation Hannes Myburgh still lives in the historic gabled manor house, full of his old artworks and treasures. Exemplary not only for the winemaking prowess, but investment in its people in an ongoing quest for improvement.
The original estate owner, Henning Huising, first settled here in 1693 and soon realises just how beautiful this piece of land was. The name Meerlust refers to the German phrase which means “please of the sea” and the manor house is perfectly positioned on an outcrop only a few kilometres away from False Bay.
Since 1756, the Myburgh family has been producing wines on the estate and eight generations later, Hannes Myburgh, continues this tradition. The estate houses a historic, white manor house, wine cellar, bird sanctuary, rose garden and family cemetery which has been declared a National monument. Originally the cellar was the wagon house which was built in 1776. The first restoration of the building took place in 1974 by architect Revel Fox as well as installing new cellar equipment. Hannes Myburgh took the modernization even further in 2008 to allow careful handling of smaller amounts of grapes.
The estate is blessed with very particular and suitable soils. The varying soils allow for each different varietal to flourish in the best possible conditions. The hardy Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vineyards are planted on well-drained, warmer, predominantly granite gravel soils, where they are forced to work hard for their living, producing densely flavoured, characterful grapes. A small but carefully situated vineyard of Petit Verdot is planted on the north-facing slopes. The Chardonnay vineyards are planted in well drained alluvial soils along the banks of the “Eerste” River while the Pinot Noir is planted on the most elevated, coolest part of Meerlust to nurture and allow the true expression of this variety. All the vines on the estate are hand-nurtured by the people who live and work on the estate.
Meerlust is most well-known for its superb red wines which are all grown on the estate and matured in French oak. The stand out wines include Rubicon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Meerlust only began producing one white wine in 1995 and that is the Chardonnay. An indication of just how good Meerlust wines really are was seen when Hannes Myburgh received the Roll of Honour in Verona, Italy in 2007.The Roll of Honour is an award reserved for those individuals who have made a great contribution to the International wine industry.