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Winery of the Week: Muratie Wine Estate

Art- and wine-lovers are discovering the Melck family’s Simonsberg estate thanks to the MOK gallery, where contemporary art sparks ‘interesting conversation’ and provides a delicious counterpoint to 333 years of history, palpable in the gnarled oaks and cobwebbed tasting room. Owner Rijk Melck says modern cellar technology, traditional hand harvesting, natural ferments and some ‘out of the box’ thinking are yielding wines with elegance, structure and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch typicity.


Muratie Wine Estate Amber Forever 2015

Fortified Wines
Category: Hanepoot fortified

Superb fortified dessert from muscat d'Alexandrie seduces in 2015 with heady Turkish delight, litchi & florals, sweetness gracefully tamed by elegant older oak & clean acidity. No 2014. More 

Wine tasted by Greg Mutambe.


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Muratie Wine Estate Ansela van de Caab 2014

Premium range
Category: Red blends, Cape Bordeaux

Cab-led Bordeaux blend with 25% merlot, 15% cab franc in 2013 (), 2 years older oak. Multi-layered dark fruit & spice, authoritative tannins, great persistence; irresistible now but a definite keeper. Also-tasted 2014 slightly less cab, 50% new oak, packed with forest fruit, cedarwood & graphite, commanding but well-rounded tannins. Benefits from decanting. More 

Wine tasted by Greg Mutambe.


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Muratie Wine Estate Cape Ruby NV

Fortified Wines
Category: Port-style, red

Deep rich fruitcake & brandy, this port-style NV's perfume is seductive & the flavours don't disappoint either, finish with enlivening alcohol grip. More 

Wine tasted by Greg Mutambe.


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Muratie Wine Estate Lady Alice Méthode Cap Classique 2014

Premium range
Category: Sparkling, Méthode cap classique, white, dry

Unlike 2013 sparkler, with dash chardonnay, super-sexy & intricate 2014 () is 100% pinot noir, hence the wonderful perfumes of strawberry & spring rose; palate reveals soft spices & creamy persistence on tangy tangerine mousse. 26 months on lees. More 

Wine tasted by Greg Mutambe.


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