Plaisir de Merle

Plaisir de Merle

Established by the French Huguenots in 1693 on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains between Paarl and Franschhoek, Plaisir de Merle is a rare gem. This 974ha estate has earned international acclaim for its white and red wines. About 400ha are planted with a variety of noble grape cultivars such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Malbec, and an area of only about 80ha of prime vineyards has been set aside for the Plaisir de Merle cellar.

The diversity of the soils, slopes and elevations are closely linked with the quality of Plaisir de Merle wines. Grapes were sourced from dryland vineyards planted on well-drained weathered granite soils (predominantly Tukulu and Hutton) with good water retention. They range in age from 14 to 21 years and are situated between 250m and 350m above sea-level on the south-eastern slopes of the Simonsberg.

With its consistent wine quality and timelessly stylish packaging it sits firmly positioned as a big hitter in the wine world; while its membership of the WWF Biodiversity & Wine Initiative means the awareness of conservation for the future is taken seriously too.

Remarkably, winemaker Niel Bester has been with the cellar since its opening in 1993. Niel’s wines are complex and well structured. While they have great food-pairing characteristics, they also boast ageing potential. Neil was the convenor of the Cabernet Sauvignon tasting panel of the South African National Wine Show Society.

The tasting room is open from 9am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. Over and above the standard tasting options, visitors can also enjoy a cellar tour with a tasting.

Plaisir de Merle’s wines are singular in their consistency, and showcase a true love of and respect for classic and lasting winemaking.

Plaisir de Merle R45 Simondium 7670
Contact Number 021 874 1071
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