The Meinert Wines story, alas, is not one of generations of wine farmers. Instead, it has its origin in the purchase of 11,5ha in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch in 1987 by winemaker Martin Meinert, a scion of a Namibian printing and publishing family. The property, known at the time only as Remainder of Farm 78, District of Stellenbosch, had been planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage in 1975. Because most of the vines were debilitated by leaf-roll virus replanting began in 1989, a process finally completed in 2008. In 1997 an adjoining parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot planted in 1989 was added to the property, which now covers a total of 16ha. The winery was built in 1990 and the first wine, a small quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon, was made in 1991. These and subsequent vintages including 1996 were never bottled but sold in bulk to wholesalers. Commercial production began with the 1997 vintage, producing a Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend which were released in 1999.
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Martin Meinert Merlot 2014 - fiche technique