Events at Muratie
Platter 2011 Results
17 Nov 2010
Muratie is a must-visit farm to experience Cape tradition. The aim is constantly strive for elegance, focusing on the Ansela vd Caab bland as well as Shiraz. This is the country's oldest producer of Pinor noir, and their example is up for a name Change, honouring GP Canitz, the estate pinot-pioneering former owner. Many sustainability projects are in place, including using geese to combat snails. And there's a Trust to assist with the educational needs of farmworkers.
41/2 Stars – Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2008: Premium low-yielding grapes used for this version. Great complexity & structure than previous vintage. Bold intense aromatics continue to core the cassis & mulberry, lifted by nervous fynbos edge. All new oak, 18mths
41/2 Stars – Ansela van de Caab 2008: Forest floor intro to serious estate flagship. No shiraz in the 08, classic combo Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc (47%/36%17%); in oak, 30%new, 18mths apart then 6 mths as bland. Harnessed shy fruit on poised taut structure, ready to unfold in 3yrs.
4Stars – Shiraz 2008: reflects settled style, harmony of spice & red fruit, dark core. Lighter then Ronnie Melck version. Balance of savory & fruit delights on dry palate. ±12 mths oak, third new, as for most of these reds.
4Stars – Isabella Chard 2009: Oaky overly more prominent than previous, but integrated & balanced by stone-fruit charm. Soft, fresh acid on fine palate pulls all together. 60% in barrel, 30% new; rest in tank
4Stars – Cape Vintage port 2008: vat sample still an infant. Classic- style port from tintas, r&F, dash Sousão, still densely packed, with brooding dark fruit ending dry & firm. 80g/l sugar, 20% alc
4Stars – Merlot 2007: Lovely mix plum fruit & choc plus attractive earthiness. Clever oak supports palate with restrained character. End dry
4Stars – MCC 2008: From Pinot noir & chard, reserve of debut. Has complex honey, green appel & brioche. Lemon crisp & fine mousse, finishes with apple focused dry zing.
4Stars – Late Bottled Vintage Port: has wonderful caramel cream cookies, toffee & dark fruit purity, while fiery & lively to taste. Same varieties as for the Cape vintage, best 2 barrels matures further
Tasted by James Pietersen: As a Stellenbosch student, James helped organize his law professor's cellar. 'In exchange, he opened a few great bottles and I fell in love with wine'. He's since pursued his passion, first as vineyard connection's wine buyer, consultant to Singita Game Lodge and latterly as a regular taster for Wine Mag and the Trophy Wine show. Currently he is head sommelier at Belthazar Resturant