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Plaisir de Merle

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Published 05/20/2009

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 red blend; the 2010 vintage is currently available. When tasting, look out for flavors of sweet ripe plums, oak with hints of tobacco, vanilla, and cedar.

Sight Information


R45, Simondium, Western Cape, 7690, South Africa


021-874–1071; 021-874–1072

Sight Details:

  • Tasting and food pairing R90, cellar tour with tastings R120
  • Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day

Published 05/20/2009


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