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South African Wine Event With Meerlust @ The Wine House

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    Thu, April 13, 2023 (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)

The Wine House
2311 Cotner Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Cost: $30

The Wine House is delighted to welcome Wim Truter, Cellarmaster at Meerlust Estate. Long recognized for producing world-class, iconic wines, Meerlust has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument.

Meerlust, with its historic manor house, classic wine cellar, family cemetery, dovecote and bird sanctuary, is situated fifteen kilometers south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay a mere five kilometers away. Wines are only made from grapes grown on the Estate which is uniquely positioned for the production of wines with exceptional complexity and character. Wim will pour two vintages of Meerlust “Rubicon,” one of the great Bordeaux blends produced in the Cape, made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Greg Sherwood MW writes, “Meerlust Rubicon is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s greatest wine ambassadors.”

Meerlust wines to be poured:

2021 Meerlust Chardonnay, 94TA ($33)

2019 Meerlust Red, 92TA ($20)

2017 Meerlust Rubicon, 96TA ($40)

2018 Meerlust Rubicon, 95TA ($40)

Cheese and charcuterie will be served.

The new Wine House Kitchen restaurant is open! Make a reservation for dinner before or after the tasting.


Nico Myburgh, father of the current custodian of Meerlust, Hannes Myburgh recognized that the terroir in Bordeaux, France was similar to that of the Eerste River Valley, South Africa. Both have a distinctive climate, characterised by a cooling sea breeze. And both have a soil structure made up of decomposed granite and clay.

The red wines produced by the two regions, however, were very different. Unlike the Western Cape’s specified grape varieties, Bordeaux thrived on producing blends.

Nico decided to create a blend of his own that would match those of the French. In 1980, after several years of experimentation together with winemaker Giorgio Dalla Cia, he announced the birth of the new blend. With proportions of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, a new style of wine had been created in South Africa – a true Bordeaux-style blend.

Nico and Giorgio named the wine “Rubicon” as a nod to Julius Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon river, a point of no return. The pair had, after all, crossed a new frontier – and changed the way South Africans thought about red wine.

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours before start time for a refund or transfer to another class or event.

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