Muratie, the historic Stellenbosch estate owned by the Melck family, is the proud recipient of Top 100 SA Wines 2016 status and a National Wine Challenge Double Platinum award for the Muratie Isabella Chardonnay 2015, as well as Double Gold for the Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2012.
The National Wine Challenge/Top 100 SA Wines competition, now in its sixth year, is an objective, independent and professional rating of South Africa’s finest wines to highlight the excellence of South African wines while providing an authoritative reference point for wine lovers internationally. This year, the high profile judging panel, chaired by esteemed UK wine writer and author, Jamie Goode, included a UK Master of Wine, three Cape Wine Masters as well as other highly-acclaimed industry experts.
“It is fantastic to receive such recognition from an outstanding team of wine judges. These accolades are a tribute to Muratie’s rich heritage and unique terroir, and an amazing reward for all the hard work, commitment and teamwork in the vineyards and the cellar”, commented a proud Rijk Melck.
Each and every Muratie wine tells a story
At Muratie, the passion for preserving the estate’s rich heritage and centuries-old history is captured in every nook and cranny of the farm, with the wines honouring the many characters affiliated with the historic estate.
Muratie Isabella Chardonnay 2015
The story: The Muratie Isabella Chardonnay honours Isabella Melck, eldest daughter of current custodians Rijk and Kim Melck, who lives on the estate with her family and is already infused with the passion for wine and the land.
Tasting Notes: The elegant Burgundian-style Chardonnay which spent 9 months in wood, appeals to both wooded and unwooded Chardonnay drinkers. A complex and intriguing wine, it starts to bewitch and beguile before the glass is even raised. Breathe in the heady scents of caramelised pineapples, hazelnuts, citrus fruit and cream before taking a mouthful of ripe, yellow tropical fruits, marmalade and lemon meringue pie supported by spice and vanilla, all of which linger together in an endless finish.
Retail price: The Muratie Isabella Chardonnay retails nationally for approximately R145.
The story: The estate flagship red wine honours Ansela van de Caab, a slave-girl at the Castle in Cape Town, who, after a 14-year courtship with Laurens Campher – the first owner of Muratie – was finally emancipated and able to go home with Laurens. The oak tree she planted to bless their marriage still stands on Muratie, as does a small white house, their first home, built for them by Laurens.
Tasting notes: This Cabernet Sauvignon-led Bordeaux-style blend is intense and brooding. The nose promises much – cedar wood, blackcurrants and a distinctive herbaceous and spicy edge – and the palate more than delivers with rich, savoury flavours of black olive tapenade, cassis, some perfumed sandalwood and a long finish combining fruity and savoury notes.
Retail price: The Muratie Ansela van de Caab retails nationally for approximately R220.
A visit to Muratie
Hidden away in the exquisite Knorhoek valley, lying at the foot of the Simonsberg with a perfect view of Table Mountain, Muratie is as old as history itself, with its almost tangible unique old world ambience. Beautiful old Cape Dutch buildings guarded over by ancient oak trees, antique wine-making equipment, a quaint cob-webbed tasting room and stained glass and art, are all set in a secret garden, a lush green haven of peace and tranquillity. At Muratie, the Melck family welcome you 7 days a week into a unique and magical environment to enjoy their well-loved wines, great food and warm country hospitality.