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Martin Meinert

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This is the personal family project from the man who established Vergelegen in the 1990s, and who has been involved in the creation of some of the finest South African wines of the past two decades and more.

Devon Crest Vineyard – an apt name for an estate high on the south-facing ridge of the Devon Valley with views of distant False Bay – is a more decorative title than the one the vineyard had when the Meinerts bought it in 1987: Remainder of Farm 78, Division of Stellenbosch.

The Meinert involvement in winemaking is similarly recent, with Martin training as a journalist, and the family previously better known for its printing business in Namibia. The crest used for the wines – which Martin admits is ‘entirely fictitious’ – depicts an eagle with a printer’s stick in one claw, and a tastevin in the other.

Traditionally this is red wine country, expressed through wines such as Synchronicity’s blend of Cabernet, Merlot and bush-vine Pinotage, so it might come as a surprise to find a Sauvignon Blanc in the Meinert portfolio.

But La Barry Sauvignon Blanc was a wedding present from Martin to his wife, Leigh Ann Barry – because she only drinks white wine. Several years later, tired of waiting for her conversion to ‘the darker side,’ Martin has now created the gentle, fruity La Barry Red, made predominantly of Merlot, in an effort to tempt her. We await the results…

Other wines by this producer

  1. 2011 La Barry Red, Martin Meinert

    A wine for every day that offers just that little bit more. It has a lovely mid-palate fullness which belies its status, yet the finish is gentle and fresh.

  2. 2011 Merlot, Martin Meinert

    2011 Merlot, Martin Meinert


    Fresh, rich red colour. The nose is an appetising mix of redcurrant, mint, spice and mineral aromas, the palate is soft and finishes smooth and crisp.

  3. 2014 La Barry White Sauvignon Blanc, Martin Meinert

    Delicate floral fruit with underlying grassier tones. As it ages, mineral and flinty flavours come to the fore, so don’t drink all of it too young!

  4. 2013 Printers Ink Pinotage, Martin Meinert

    Full bodied and elegant yet it has richness on the mid-palate. The emphasis is put on fruit
    flavours through gentle extraction methods.

  5. 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Meinert

    Dense deep fresh red colour. The nose shows red berries, typical Cabernet herbs, spicy toasty oak and tobacco. Mouth filling and weighty but not clumsy on the palate, finishes crisp and lingering.

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