Meerhof Winery & Cellar was established in 1751 and is located at Wynkeldershoek Farm in the Swartland. Swartland is located north of Cape Town and consists of two wine districts: Riebeek Mountain and Malmesbury. It derives its name from the black indigenous “rhinoceros bush” that covers the landscape. Located on the original route taken all those years ago by explorer Pieter van Meerhof, and aptly named after him, Meerhof produces fine wines that are world known and well loved. Just as the extraordinary man who ‘discovered’ this fertile valley, so has Meerhof discovered – through excellent climate, excellent soil and excellent knowledge – its range of world-class wines. Meerhof is owned by Cobus Kotze and the Kotze Family Trust. lt was bought in 1961 as a wheat and sheep farm. Until 2000, the few grapes that grew here were delivered to Riebeek Cellars, but then Cobus decided to realise his dream and turn the estate into a wine farm, producing its own range of wines.
It possesses a core of primary fruit but also plenty of secondary character, translating to layers and layers of flavour including peach and apricot, spice, a vaguely malty quality. The acidity presents as a sour tang and there’s also a slight phenolic sensation to be had. The finish is satisfyingly long and saline.