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MURATIE’S ICON WINS GOLD ON INTERNATIONAL SHIRAZ STAGE
09 Jun 2010
A wine honouring a great South African wine personality has received recognition as one of the best shiraz wines in the world. The Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2006 was one of only eight South African wines to win a gold medal at this year’s Syrah du Monde, the international competition held annually in France and which is committed to seeking-out the best shiraz wines globally.
This year 387 wines from 28 countries were submitted for judging. Only 37 wines were adjudged good enough to receive a gold medal.
The Ronnie Melck Shiraz is made on the well-known Muratie Wine Estate, one of Stellenbosch’s oldest wine farms and which is situated on the slopes of Stellenbosch’s Simonsberg Mountain. Muratie was bought by the late Ronnie Melck in 1987 while he was managing director of the erstwhile Stellenbosch Farmers Winery and the estate today still belongs to the Melck family.
Rijk Melck, son of Ronnie Melck and currently Muratie Managing Director says the international recognition for Muratie’s Ronnie Melck Shiraz shows that there is still room for classic, old school shiraz wines.
“We generally have a classic approach to wine-making at Muratie, but the Ronnie Melck is especially Old World in its make-up,” says Melck. “The wine is made from a single vineyard of shiraz vines that are 38 years old. The wine is fermented in new French oak and aged in the same wood for 20 months. With the Ronnie Melck Shiraz we have thus tried to bottle the whole Muratie ethos: old vines from wonderful soils, artisanal wine-making and a wine named after the person who made it all possible for the Melck’s to be on this wine estate.”
The gold medal at the Syrah du Monde is the second accolade Muratie has received for its shiraz wines this month. In the June edition of the influential Wine Enthusiast magazine the Muratie Shiraz 2007 garnered a score of 92 points and was given an Editor’s Choice badge.
“Internationally the shiraz market is at something of a crossroads,” says Melck. “While they played a major part in achieving recognition for the variety, the upfront fruit of many New World wines are by all accounts boring the consumer. There is definitely a move towards more austere wines with classic, leaner complexity. Fortunately it is not a style Muratie has to look for as we have always believed in it.”