Meinert Wines produces a small and personalised range of wines in limited quantities from both the hillside Devon Crest vineyard outside Stellenbosch as well as a number of vineyard sites across the Cape Winelands. One such wine is our Meinert Sauvignon Blanc sourced from the cool climate region of Elgin, an area also renown for apples and pears. Each wine is created with much thought and care to ensure uniqueness and individual character.
Meinert Sauvignon Blanc 2017
The Meinert Sauvignon Blanc certainly speaks to the more serious side of Sauvignon Blanc while having enough youthful charm to appease all palates at every occasion. Whether as the perfect aperitif or accompaniment to a gastronomic experience, the Sauvignon Blanc is most certainly a wine to have in your cellar year-round. Enjoyable in its youth, this wine will further develop under careful cellaring conditions for years to come. A match with delicate dishes like fresh seafood salads, oysters and even tuna tartare with a very subtle wasabi sauce.
Cultivar: 95% Sauvignon Blanc; 5% Sémillon
Meinert "The German Job" Riesling 2015
A lovely fresh floral, lime, spanspek and slightly flinty nose, on palate the sugar and acid are well matched ensuring linearity and purity of fruit. Lees contact has enhanced the texture balancing the crisp, fruity finish. It’s an uncomplicated pleasure, especially in summer. My sense is drink young but maybe it will age far better than expected. Do keep some to check!
Cultivar: 100% Riesling
Meinert "The Italian Job" White Merlot 2015
A faint onion skin colour, possibly like rose gold. It’s a wine that’s difficult to describe – delicate rose petal and strawberry whiffs, quince, a little smokey. The taste is flinty, buttery, almost salty, with a crisp finish, fabulously unique. Needs quite rich food, sublime with smoked salmon risotto, juicy crab cakes, sweet scallops and beetroot carpaccio.
Cultivar: 100% Merlot
Meinert Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Dense deep fresh red colour. The nose displays red berries, typical Cabernet herbs, spicy toasty oak and tobacco. Mouth filling but soft on entry, lingers gently and long on the finish. Should match well with Tuscan style veal, wild boar or warthog with truffled mash and of course a well-aged piece of beef like prime rib, especially with reduced rich sauces. Or venison – we enjoyed it with eland.
Cultivar: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Meinert "Printer's Ink" Pinotage 2015
The Printer’s Ink Pinotage is a tribute to the Meinert family’s heritage as printers and publishers in Namibia. Ex-journalist Martin Meinert and new incumbent, Brendan Butler, make a small and personalised range of wines in limited quantities at the hillside Devon Crest vineyard outside Stellenbosch. Medium structure with a rich, full-bodied yet elegant mid-palate and a clean fresh finish. Enjoy with ostrich tartare, venison kebabs on rooibos noodles and surprisingly, when slightly chilled, with sushi or seared tuna.
Cultivar: 100% Pinotage
Meinert "The Graduate" Syrah 2016
With the grapes hanging on the vine late into the harvest season, the tannins are always supple and silky and supported by an elegant fruit profile of blueberry, blackberry, plums and true Syrah pepper tones. A minimalist approach to vinification ensures the ultimate expression of terroir that pairs superbly with venison carpaccio and hearty beef steaks.
Cultivar: 100% Syrah
Meinert Synchronicity 2013
The Synchronicity is a benchmark in its class, epitomizing the unique terroir of Devon Valley in Stellenbosch. The 2013 reflects the depth and complexity of one of South Africa’s greatest vintages to date offering layered red and black fruit and savory nuances while still being elegant and tight in structure offering impeccable maturation potential. One is cautioned not to choose a favourite child, but this is a near impossible task when a wine such as the Synchronicity is included in one’s portfolio…
Cultivar: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Merlot; 13% Pinotage; 13% Cabernet franc; 10% Petit Verdot
Meinert Straw Wine 2014
Fresh straw gold colour, enticing whiffs of honey, pineapple and pear. The secret of sweet wines is matching the sugar and acid so that the wine is not cloying; this one leaves a mouth-coating sweet tangy orange marmalade residue after swallowing. It is a perfect match for apple tarte tartin, crème brûlée or any such dessert, and of course rich duck liver pate or foie gras.
Cultivar: 100% Sémillon