BackgroundEstablished by the French Huguenots in 1693 on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains between Paarl and Franschhoek, Plaisir de Merle is a rare gem.A Distell showpiece, this 974 hectare estate in Simondium, Paarl, has earned international acclaim for its white and red wines.
The vineyardsThe diversity of the soils, slopes and elevations is closely linked with the quality of Plaisir de Merle wines. Well-drained weathered granite soils with good water retention allow minimal irrigation with most vineyards dry land. The grapes were chosen and handpicked from three vineyards. Starting on February 9 and ending on March 27! They are situated between 300m and 370m above sea level on the south-eastern slopes of the Simonsberg. The result is a combination of floral notes, ripe red berry fruit and minerality from the granite which is evident in every glass. Viticulturist: Freddie le Roux