Profile of Meerlust

This majestic and historic wine farm, situated just south of Stellenbosch, produces a superlative range of well-crafted reds and whites to rival any in South Africa. Its flagship label, Rubicon, is spoken of by critics in the same breath as top Medoc, and it’s undeniable that this sublime Bordeaux blend remains one of the Cape’s finest reds. It displays hallmark elegance and refinement, which is the signature stamp of winemaker Chris Williams and the ethos of Meerlust as a whole.

Meerlust has existed as a Cape farm for several centuries and remains to this day one of the most beautiful in the entire Stellenbosch zone. It was founded by a German immigrant called Henning Huising, who fell in love with the area and decided to settle in the Stellenbosch valley in 1963. Building his new home, he chooses the name “Meerlust,” meaning “pleasure of the sea.” A fitting title, as like centuries before, the estate today is located only a few miles from False Bay. However, the Huising family did not keep control of Meerlust, and in 1756 it was sold to the Myburgh family. For eight generations, successive family members have nurtured the potential of this very special piece of land, adding a family cemetery, rose garden, dovecote, and bird sanctuary over the years to complement the white-washed manor house.

But despite such an impressive historical lineage, it was not until the 1970s that Meerlust started to produce wines that we would recognize today. The first vintage of their now-lauded Cabernet Sauvignon was made in 1975 by Nico Myburgh; the now legendary Rubicon followed this in 1980.

In recent times, this remarkable property has gone from strength to strength under the careful stewardship of 8th generation Hannes Myburgh, who studied winemaking at Geisenheim in Germany and Chateau Lafite in France. His collaboration with winemaker Chris Williams was a master stroke; Meerlust continues to release a small collection of superb wines, including a toasty Chardonnay that is among the very best of its kind in the Cape. They benefit greatly from the vine’s close proximity to False Bay, which ripens Meerlust’s choice vineyards in a relativity cool microclimate, contributing greatly to their signature elegance and understatement. But don’t take our word for it; just give Rubicon a try. A rich, concentrated Bordeaux blend, Rubicon is marked by cedar and dark fruit, with no hint of the baked and jammy flavors often found among its peers. A fitting testament to both the winemaking skill and unbeatable situation of this wonderful estate.

Wines produced

  • Meerlust Pinot Noir

    100% Pinot Noir. Produced from estate vineyards, the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. It is then aged in 52% new Allier Hogsheads (French oak) and 48% second fill Hogsheads for a period of 12 months.

  • Meerlust Merlot

    85% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot. Produced from estate vineyards, the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. It is then aged in 65% new Nevers French oak, 35% second fill Nevers for 19 months.

  • Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon

    100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Produced from estate vineyards, the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. It is then aged in tight grained French Nevers oak barrels for 20 months. 75% of the barrels were brand new with 25% second fill casks. The wine will benefit from extended ageing after release.

  • Meerlust Rubicon

    62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Produced from estate vineyards, the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. After a lengthy maceration, it is aged in oak for a period of 21 months. 60 % new French Nevers oak with 40 % 2nd fill Nevers and Alliers barrels. The prestige wine of the property, Rubicon will reward extended cellaring.

  • Meerlust Chardonnay

    100% Chardonnay. Produced from estate vineyards, the wine is fermented in French oak - 50% new tight grain Allier French Oak and 50% second fill 300 litre barrels. After fermentation, the wine is aged in French oak for a further 11 months before bottling.

Winery details


Baded Powell Drive, P.O Box 7121
Stellenbosch, 7599
South Africa
Tel (+27) 21 843 3587
Fax (+27) 21 843 3274

WO Stellenbosch
1756 (founded as Dutch homestead)
Area under vine
110 Hectares (under vine)
Age of vines
30 years+ Low yields
Oak barrel origin
Chris Williams
Hannes Myburgh
Approximately 360,000 bottles per annum, depending on the vintage
Grape varietals
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc

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