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Meifort 2014

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Alwyn van der Merwe

Director of Investments

Being an investment analyst and wine lover, I instinctively compare perceived quality or gratification with the price I pay for a wine. However, I can’t always uncover gems myself, for obvious reasons. Sometimes we need to rely on others to make this discovery for us.


During the recent Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the Buitenverwachting Meifort 2014 won the Riedel Trophy for the Best Bordeaux-style Red Blend. I’m always curious when a red wine retailing below R100 walks away with the laurels in a category where the competition would have included some of the best reds South Africa can offer. Tasting this wine, one should understand that the dominant cultivar in the blend is cabernet franc, which normally provides some ‘discipline’, being a bit more restrained. In addition, some of the primary flavours of cabernet franc feature strongly.

It’s no surprise then that the nose of the wine offers plum and red cherry aromas. It enters the palate full and juicy with the plum and red fruit flavours dominant, supported by tobacco and spicy undertones. The wine has enough grip, with a firm tannin structure and smooth acidity. It is elegant and lingers long enough to make you think again of this pleasant experience. Despite the general belief that 2014 was a sub-standard vintage, this wine over-delivers substantially in terms of value and certainly lives up to its promise. Although it drinks nicely now, it should in time prove a real gem for those who can afford to be patient.

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