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The wine reflects the diversity of the farm with its different soil types, micro-climate and fynbos integrated between the vineyards. This particular wine encapsulates Niel Bester’s tenure of two decades as winemaker at Plaisir de Merle. It represents his passion, dedication, and the intimate knowledge attained over many years of the terroir and its unpredictability from one vintage to the next.

Year of the Award Award Name Vintage Award
 2019 Platter’s Wine Guide 2012 5 stars
2019 Platters Wine Guide 2012 Bordeaux-style
Red Blend
Wine of the Year

Available Vintages:


Signature Pack 150x450


Beautiful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Merlot matured in French oak for 12 to 17 months. The wine is complex, full-bodied and aromatic with red berries, mulberry and plums, with cedar, subtle vanilla, rich dark chocolate, and hints of tobacco and cedar.


Year of the Award Award Name Vintage Award
 2018 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Award  2011 Gold


Available Vintages:
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014



Matured for 16 months in French oak, the wine displays upfront dark fruit and blackberries linger with sweet vanilla, peppercorn spice, plums and black olives, balanced with velvety tannins and sweet spicy oak.


Available Vintages:
2015, 2017



Elegant, soft-structed Shiraz matured in a combination of new and second-fill American and French oak for 12 to 16 months. Full-bodied with layers of sweet, ripe, dark red fruit and spicy and smoky oak lingering in the background.


Available Vintages:
2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016

Plaisir de Merle - Shiraz - 2016 - NV


Matured for 16 months in French oak the wine is brimming with black cherries and plums blending seamlessly with hints of floral and vanilla to deliver a lively, creamy finish with soft tannins.


Available Vintages:
2008, 2010, 2011, 2015



Flavour Cabernet Franc matured for 16 months in French oak delivering fragrant sweet wood notes with touches of violets, raspberries, black currant and sweet vanilla oak that lingers on the palate.


Available Vintages:
2008, 2010, 2011, 2015

Plaisir de Merle - Cab Franc - 2017 - NV


Fragrant nose of violets, fynbos and red fruit with nuances of forest floor. The palate shows hints of oak and a soft velvety finish adds to the layered complexity of this wine.

Wine Magazine – Pinot Noir Report 2019 – 91 Points

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