Meerendal Wine Academy

Meerendal Wine Academy

Want to dive into the wonderful world of winemaking?

Meerendal Wine Estate now offers the opportunity to experience all aspects of wine making from the vineyard to the cellar, official wine tasting courses (in partnership with the Cape Wine Academy) and working on a top class wine estate.

Join the Meerendal Wine Academy and enjoy the annual harvest with Cellar Master Liza Goodwin and Cape Wine Master Bennie Howard and share their passion on a journey through the romantic world of wine, make your own wine and receive your personal bottle one year later.

Course 1:            13 February – 24 February 2017
Course 2:            27 February – 10 March 2017

More information can be found here: www.meerendal.co.za/wine-academy

INTENSIO

INTENSIO

The latest wine to join the line-up of world-class Meerendal wines is INTENSIO.

This extraordinary wine was created through the collaboration between Meerendal’s Cellar Master Liza Goodwin and Italian Maestro Dr. Stefano Contini.

True to the Meerendal tradition, winemaking has been in a woman’s hands for the past 18 years. Following in the footsteps of Christina Stans, the current cellar master Liza Goodwin is always striving to produce unique wines of outstanding quality. This time she wanted to create something new and extraordinary for South Africa. To do so she wanted to find out more about European winemaking and decided on an Italian technique used in the region of Veneto. She exchanged ideas and experiences with Italian maestro and winemaker Dr. Stefano Contini and they decided to make a wine exceptional and special in every aspect.

“The aim when INTENSIO was produced was to realise in the finished wine the intensity of colour, flavour and tannins present in the dried grapes so typical of the red wines from the Veneto region, in Italy. Yet in every way so different because of its South African heritage – this wine with all its intricate layers personifies the vast richness, culture and beauty that is South Africa.” (Liza Goodwin, Meerendal Cellar Master)

This off dry wine shows a vibrancy and freshness although it is very powerful and full bodied. The intense tannins and extract seamlessly integrate with the delicate fruit. The oak is not too overt, although it spent 15 months in barrel. This wine is best enjoyed with a hearty stew or a well-aged hard cheese.

Find out more about INTENSIO here: www.meerendal.co.za/wine/latest-releases

Project X

Project X

This year marked the launch of “Project X”, a secret project aimed at developing a masterpiece in the Meerendal cellar.

Meerendal’s wine maker and cellar master, Liza Goodwin has been working alongside a famous Italian Oenologist to create this unique wine at Meerendal Wine Estate.

Carefully selected Pinotage grapes were hand-picked early morning and were hung on large nets in perfect drying conditions in the cellar. After 30 days the matured grapes were taken down, crushed and carefully transported to the cellar’s traditional open concrete fermenters, of which very few remain in use around the Western Cape.

Currently this unique wine with it’s intense flavours and aromas matures in French oak barrels within the Meerendal cellar, slowly developing towards the final result of the much anticipated “Project X”.

More will be revealed soon…

Warrior Race

Jeep Warrior Race at Meerendal Wine Estate (10/11th October 2015)

We are pleased to announce that the Jeep Warrior Race will be held at Meerendal Wine Estate on the 10th and 11th of October 2015.

The Jeep Warrior Race is South Africa’s largest obstacle course race that spans 8 events and up to 9000 participants per event. There will be four different categories for competitors including:

Warrior Brats

Rookie

Commando

Black-ops

Each category ups the difficulty through adding more obstacles and increasing the running distance. The distances and number of obstacles are as follows:

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For more information, Click Here or refer to the Warrior Race page on the ‘Events’ dropdown.

#MeerendalMoment

#MeerendalMoment Competition

Enter our #MeerendalMoment competition and you’ll have a chance at winning two bottles of our Meerendal wine!

Share a photo of your Meerendal Wine Estate experience with us and you’ll have a chance of winning two bottles of Meerendal wine!

You can enter by tagging us in the following ways:

  • On the Meerendal Wine Estate, Team Meerendal or MeerendalMultisport Facebook wall with #MeerendalMoment
  • On Twitter @meerendalwine or @teammeerendal and #MeerendalMoment
  • On Instagram @meerendal and #MeerendalMoment

We’ll be selecting the two best pictures out of all the entries.

BONUS PRIZE: The picture with the most likes, shares, retweets or favourites will also win a bottle of Meerendal wine.

 

 

Terms & Conditions:

  1. In order to be selected as the winner, you must be at least 18 years of age on the day on which the competition closes.
  2. Pictures must be submitted/posted to one of the official Meerendal Wine Estate social media pages.
    1. Facebook: Meerendal Wine Estate, Team Meerendal, Team Meerendal Multisport (Group)
    2. Twitter: @meerendalwine, @teammeerendal
    3. Instagram: @meerendal
  3. By entering the competition you acknowledge and agree that your picture(s) can be used for promotional purposes by Meerendal Wine Estate.
  4. The final decision on the winners of the competition will be made solely by Meerendal Wine Estate.
  5. Any pictures submitted after the deadline of the competition will not considered for the prize, but may still be used for promotional purposes.
  6. Pictures which have been selected as winners in previous competitions, will not be considered.
  7. Pictures with a watermark and/or copyright mark, will not be considered.
  8. The picture must be tagged with “#MeerendalMoment”
  9. If selected as the winner, you must submit/send the original copy (in the highest available resolution) to Meerendal Wine Estate.
  10. By entering the competition, you acknowledge and agree that your name may be mentioned in relation to the #MeerendalMoment competition.
  11. Two winners will be selected out all the entries. There will NOT be individual winners selected for each platform. In addition to this one picture will win the “Bonus Prize” competition.
  12. For the bonus prize, the following method will be used to calculate the winner:
    1. Facebook: 2 points for each “share” and 1 point for each “like”
    2. Twitter: 2 points for each “retweet” and 1 point for each “favourite”
    3. Instagram: 2 points for each “like”
    4. “Comments” on each of the platforms are not counted.
    5. If two or more pictures receive the same amount of points, a random draw will be held, do determine the winner.
  13. To be considered for any of the above competitions, the picture must be taken at Meerendal Wine Estate or depict Meerendal related products, branding, etc.
  14. Prizes must be collected from Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Road, Durbanville, South Africa.
  15. The competition closes on Friday, August 14th 2015 at 12:00 noon (UTC+02:00)
  16. Any changes to the Terms and Conditions will be published here.
Meerendal MTB and Trail Running

Meerendal 2015 Mountain bike/Trail running memberships are now open!

 

We are pleased to announce that the membership fees for 2015 will be as follows:

Adults R350, Pensioners R200, Children R100 or (contact us for special rates for parents of learners via their schools program). Membership is valid immediately and only expires in December 2015. The above fee gives you access to both mountain biking and trail running.

Mountain biking is the core sporting element on Meerendal Wine Estate and we boast 3 trails: 4km Kiddies, 13km Intermediate and 17km Advanced routes.

The following benefits are attached to membership:

A 10% discount on all purchases at Meerendal and automatic access to the Meerendal Wine Club.

We have the following facilities:

  1. A clubhouse – complete with ablution facilities.
  2. Post exercise chill area with Wi-Fi and select refreshments on sale.
  3. A trail shop stocked with customised merchandise for mountain biking.
  4. Skills clinics (trail running and mountain biking).  

Please contact

Matthew: matthew@meerendal.co.za (Tel. +27 (0)83 268 1171)

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2015 Absa Cape Epic at Meerendal Wine Estate

We are honoured to host the Grand Finale of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic at Meerendal Wine Estate on March 22nd 2015. We look forward to welcoming all the Absa Cape Epic riders and spectators to this memorable and unique event.

Absa Cape Epic founder Kevin Vermaak said the race’s partnership with Meerendal had been highly successful since it first hosted the prologue in 2012. “We share the same values as Meerendal – a commitment to excellence, endurance and delivering a world-class product,” he said.

“Now the relationship takes on a new dimension with Meerendal hosting the 2015 Grand Finale, something we believe will give the race a fresh and exciting boost,” he added.

The Grand Finale, the final stage, is the most sought after stage win in mountain biking and attracts thousands of spectators and media from around the world.

Meerendal Methode Cap Classique selected for SAA Business Class
in 2015

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Another Meerendal wine has been selected to be served on board SAA Business Class in 2015. The highly acclaimed Meerendal MCC Blanc de Blanc 2009 will be served to passengers from May 2015.

A total of only 55 White, Red, MCC and Port wines have been selected by the SAA panel for the 2015 on-board service and Meerendal is proud to have our wines on board the SAA flights worldwide, for the third year running.

The presentation of the certificates by SAA took place at the African Pride Hotel and pictured above are Cellar Master Liza Goodwin and Marketing Manager Bennie Howard.