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The Western Cape Sights

Plaisir de Merle

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Updated 11/07/2014

Fodor's Review

The name means "Pleasure of the Blackbird" and has its origins with the original French owners of the farm. This huge estate is the showpiece of Distell, a big wine and spirit producer. With its innovative architecture and conservation area, it truly feels different from the ubiquitous oak-and-gable wineries that you see all over the Cape. But forget all the frills—it really is about the wine. Don't miss the full-bodied barrel-fermented Chardonnay, which spends nine

months in the barrel developing its lovely rich and layered flavor. The farm's flagship wine is the Grand Plaisir, a complex Bordeaux blend; the 2008 vintage is currently available. When tasting, look out for flavors of sweet ripe plums, oak with hints of tobacco, vanilla, and cedar.

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Sight Information

Address:

R45, Simondium, 7690, South Africa

Phone:

021-874–1071; 021-874–1072

Sight Details:

  • Nibbling tasting (nuts and biltong) R50, cellar tour with tastings R120
  • Apr.–Oct., weekdays 9–5, Sat. 10–2; Nov.–Mar., weekdays 9–5, Sat. 10–4; cellar tours by appointment

Updated 11/07/2014

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