Plaisir de Merle

The soaring peaks of the Simonsberg Mountain have long served as a guardian to the birth, renaissance and continuing triumph of Plasir de Merle. For it is on the rolling foothills of this majestic mountain that vineyards thrive, producing grapes of exceptional quality and richness that would have found favour with its Hugenot founder Charles Marias. He was granted the land in 1693 having fled religious persecution in France. A deeply spiritual man, this land was his rebirth, a magnificent redemption where his spirit took hold, and continues to flower to this day. Under his inspired grandson Jacob Marais, the estate grew to be the finest in the region. He built the manor house in 1764; with its elegant gable it remains of the earliest and finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Through various consolidations the modern Plasir de Merle took shape, eventually passing by marriage to the Hojo family in the 19th century, and after several short tenures came under the ownership of Stellenbosch Farmers Winery Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Plaisir de Merle Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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    Appearance: Clear, medium(-) intensity lemon-green, legsNose: Clean, medium(-) intensity, youthful, gooseberry, green apple, lime, steelyPalate: Dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium(-) body, medium (-) intensity, lime, gooseberry, green apple, steely, medium(-) length, with well-defined fruit, refreshing acidity. A bit too thin but still ... Read More

    Wine review by Peter Choy


  • Plaisir de Merle Shiraz 2008

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  • Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 6er Karton

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  • Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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