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Plaisir de Merle

The estate is located on Simonsberg in the South African wine-growing district Paarl, The story dates back to 1678, when the French Huguenot Charles Marais emigrated from the small village of Le Plessis Marly to the Cape. In 1688 Governor settled Simon van der Stel (1639-1712) Huguenots in the mountains of the River Valley (part of the Drakenstein area). Among them was the Marais family. Charles Marais called his estate after his French birthplace, in the course of time became "Plaisir de Merle" out of it. The earliest merits of viticulture were acquired by his grandson Pieter Marais. After several changes of ownership, the estate finally came in 1964 in the property of Stellenbosch Farmer's Winery (SFW). By 1993, however, it was only grape supplier for the also belonging to the SFW winery Nederburg,

At the beginning of the 1990s, Plaisir de Merle launched a 25-year program with the goal set high by winemaker Niel Bester, becoming the leading winery within this period South Africa to become. For this purpose, a computer-controlled new cellar was opened. The consultant is Paul Pontallier, the director of the famous Château Margaux, The total property covers 380 hectares on the southeastern foothills of the Simonsberg between 250 and 450 meters above sea level. They are with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay. Merlot. Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz planted. Only around a quarter of the hand-selected best grapes are used for the label Plaisir de Merle. The rest continues to Nederburg. The figurehead of the house is an im Bordeaux style Red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller proportions Merlot and Shiraz), the 12 months in French barriques matures. Every year around 400,000 bottles of wine are produced.

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