MURATIE WINES from Stellenbosch
Tucked into the exquisite Knorhoek Valley north of Stellenbosch,
Muratie Wine Estate, is under the stewardship of Rijk Melck and his family.
The farm itself dates back to 1685 when it was granted by Governor Simon van der Stel
who was Governor of the Cape of Good Hope at the time.
This makes Muratie one of the oldest estates in South Africa
and along with that age comes many characters and truly fascinating stories.
The Melck family has revived this rich heritage in an updated yet classical evolution of the brand,
naming its range after many of these colourful characters.
For example, the MCC bubbly is known as Lady Alice.
She is joined by Ansela van de Caab (blended red), Ronnie Melck (Shiraz),
Alberta Annemarie (Merlot), Isabella (Chardonnay) and Ben Prins (Port)
Muratie Lady Alice Methode Cap Classique Rosé 2016
Traditional method fizz from Pinot Noir
Muratie Melck's Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Crisp, refreshing and accessible
Muratie Isabella Chardonnay 2019
Matured in French oak
Muratie Melck's Blended Red 2018
Wonderful Everyday Red Blend of Shiraz, Cab Sav, Merlot, Mourvedre
Muratie Alberta Annemarie Merlot 2017
Complex layers of cocoa, cinnamon and toasted hazelnut
Muratie Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2017
Described by the makers as "Humble, honest and full of integrity."
Muratie Martin Melck Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
A wine of structure and depth - definitely one for steak night!
Muratie Ben Prins Cape Vintage Port 2017
Cape Vintage Port is something special - rich and rewarding!
MORE ABOUT MURATIE....
Muratie still handpick their grapes.
This gives them a better understanding of the quality of the harvest even before they start extracting the juice.
Not content with that, they then hand select the grapes on a sorting table -
ensuring that only the best bunches are used in the winemaking. Even the way the juice is extracted is considered.
A 3-ton open pneumatic bed presses the grapes, using a rubber membrane.
They believe this is the gentlest method, avoiding mechanical crushing and grinding of the skins and seeds.Blending the best of traditional and modern methods,
they employ a combination of classic open fermentors and stainless steel tanks in the fermentation process.
After fermentation, the grapes are gently pressed and the wine is matured in French oak barrels until their vintner discerns that it has reached the optimum moment to go to bottle.
Throughout the process - from fermenting to bottling
- they use a balance of winemaker's intuition,
time-honored processes and contemporary best practice.
Even the vineyards themselves are kept pest-free
by ever-vigilant flocks of ducks and geese,
avoiding the need for environmentally insensitive pesticides.
|"It's the smooth bouquet that counts - drink Muratie wines made from the finest grapes, ripened in the South African sun. Every drop in your glass is full of flavour and strength, it gladdens the heart and loosens the tongue. It is the strength of a pure wine that enables you to face care and trouble with a lighter heart and so quickly dissipate that feeling of depression. In this manner it incidentally fortifies the body against infections and disease."|