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JH Meyer Signature wines is a small boutique wine producer, producing hand crafted natural wines from small plots off vineyards in the south coast region of South Africa.
Inspired by many travels to New Zealand, California and Burgundy, Johan has been scouting vineyards to produce the best South Africa can offer, giving honor to the world’s most elite varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The company was establishing in 2011, with 2012 seeing the first bottling from this artistic wines. Driven by nature and “terroir” the wines show unique flavors and characteristics of the land it was grown on.
Grapes are sourced from 5 different sites in the Swartland. The Chenin Blanc is planted on granite, koffieklip, and schist soils, the Viognier and the Harslevelu are planted on decomposed granite and clay, the Grenche Blanc is planted on decomposed granite and Malmesbury shale, and the Sémillon on granite and sand. Vineyards are farmed organically with minimal intervention. Vines are mostly dry farmed bush vines. All grapes were handpicked in the early morning during cooler weather, placed into lug boxes (smaller quantities mean reduced compaction and damage to the fruit) and then moved to cellar. Grapes are fermented with natural yeast, half in stainless steel at 58°F, and half in older 300 liter barrels. 15% of grapes were whole bunch fermented and spent 4 weeks on the skins. The wine ages for 12 months on the gross lees, after which it is blended and bottled without fining or filtering.
61% Chenin Blanc - 16% Viognier - 11% Grenache Blanc - 8% Sémillon - 4% Harslevelu
Vine Age: 16-39 years old
Yield: 2 tons per acre
Soil Type: Granite, Schist & Ironstone (Chenin Blanc) - Decomposed Granite & Clay (Viognier) - Decomposed Granite & Malmesbury Shale (Grenache Blanc) - Granite & Sand (Sémillon) - Decomposed Granite & Clay (Harslevelu)
Skin Contact: 15% were fermented whole bunch for four weeks
Oak: 12 months in 50% Stainless Steel & 50% neutral French puncheons
Production: 667 cases
TASTING NOTES: This sports ripe tangerine, clementine and persimmon notes, offset by racy streaks of honeysuckle, quinine and salted almond. A lingering lemon gélee accent adds length. Distinctive and delicious.
ORGANIC. VEGAN. LOW-SULFITE. NATURAL.
Wine Spectator 91 Points
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