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.
Synchronicity is Meinert's flagship wine, the annual reflection of this prime Devon Valley site. They select the best batches of each of the varietals and blend according to the strengths of each vintage, seeking complexity and balance. The vines that grow in the red-brown deep rich soils, are between 7 to 23 years old and receive no irrigation.
The wine was fermented with natural yeasts, aged in separate batches in mostly new French oak for about six months, then blended and matured for a further 18 months. Polished with a light egg white fining and bottled in July 2014.
The 2011 Synchronicity seems a bit of a sleeper – a surprisingly good wine from a little heralded vintage, and an elegant slightly tight wine that will take some time to fully shine. A big rich wine that emanates wild berry and sweet plum aromas. Silky, velvety texture and elegance in the mouth that counterpoints its power. Perfect from now until about 2025.
Synchronicity would go well with prime rib steak with a balsamic reduction, roasted venison loin marinated in spices and red wine, oven roasted wild guinea fowl with a Synchronicity reduction sauce.