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  • Writer's pictureDelaille Raubenheimer

Meerendal Wine Estate - An Exciting Chapter Ahead

Meerendal Wine Estate, nestled in Durbanville Wine Valley in the heart of South Africa's picturesque Cape Winelands, is embarking on an exciting new chapter.



After recently opening a brand new wine-tasting facility, Meerendal keeps wine lovers on their toes with a new wine release. Meerendal The Chapel 2023, a barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc.


"The Chapel is the first in a long line of new additions coming to Meerendal" Cellarmaster, Wade Roger-Lund.

Meerendal Winemaker Wade Roger-Lund
Meerendal Cellarmaster Wade Roger-Lund

Drawing inspiration from the winery's historic chapel, a symbol of tradition and timelessness, winemaker, Wade Roger-Lund sought to create a wine that would reflect the essence of the estate while embracing modern winemaking techniques.


The Chapel is made from a single vineyard block Sauvignon Blanc, planted in 2004, known as "The Kloof".


This Sauvignon Blanc undergoes fermentation in 500L lightly toasted French oak barrels. After 9 months of barrel maturation on the lees, the wine is racked. This is where the first sulphur addition is made. Wade intentionally chose a slightly more oxidative winemaking approach.


Limited production of 5x 500L barrels, the 2023 vintage is a blend of 60% new - and 40% older barrels.


Meerendal Wine Estate The Chapel Sauvignon Blanc 2023:


Lime and white peach on the nose, layered with subtle oak nuances. On the palate, the wine reveals a beautifully balanced combination of crisp acidity and slightly creamy texture, with flavours of pineapple and a touch of lemon zest. This wine is subdued, elegant and refined. Curious to retaste in a few month’s time.


The Chapel will fall under the Collector's Range. Along with "The Loft" Cape Blend, named after the Loft that was built above the Heritage Cellar in 1943. Two more wines will be complete the range next year.


Meerendal The Loft Cape Blend
Meerendal The Loft Cape Blend 2023

Meerendal is home to extraordinary vines, just waiting to show their full potential. Wade, assisted by his talented, young winemaking team has brought a fresh perspective to the cellar and vineyards. Watch this space!


Meerendal The Chapel 2023 - Cellar door price: R195.00

Meerendal The Loft 2023 - Cellar door price: R195.00

 

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