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Muratie Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2010

True to site.

Muratie in Stellenbosch recently released new vintages. Tasting notes and scores as follows: Muratie Isabella Chardonnay 2012 Approximate retail price: R95 Lemon and orange, some yeasty complexity, attractive oak. Rich and hearty with coated … [Read more...]

Stellenbosch at Summer Place 2013

Stellenbosch Wine Routes chairman Ken Forrester and CEO Annareth Bolton.

Just back from the fourth annual Stellenbosch at Summer Place presented by Sanlam Private Investments. 35 wineries showing two wines each – members of Stellenbosch Wine Routes invited to submit wines and these then vetted by the South African … [Read more...]

Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2009

Mellow yellow.

“We’re a family business. We don’t have huge lots of wonga to throw around so we have to make the wines work,” says Rijk Melck, owner of Muratie in Stellenbosch. Francois Conradie has made the wine here since the 2006 vintage and based on a recent … [Read more...]

Muratie Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2009

In honour of the family patriarch.

Stellenbosch is supposedly “Cab country” but turn off the R44 heading towards Wellington onto Knorhoek Road and  it’s the Shiraz which really seems to shine. Carl van der Merwe used to make an outstanding version at Quoin Rock before his move to … [Read more...]

Muratie Ansela van der Caab 2007

Agent Orange.

Francois Conradie arrived at Muratie as winemaker in December 2005 and the wines from this Stellenbosch property have been getting better and better ever since. Last night Muratie Ansela van der Caab 2007, a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% … [Read more...]

Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

I recall that on joining Wine magazine back in March 2000, one of the wines causing a stir at the time was the maiden vintage Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 on the basis of a rating of 4½ Stars, as reported on in the category tasting that appeared … [Read more...]