MURATIE RONNIE MELCK SHIRAZ 2018Muratie
One of South Africa’s oldest wineries dating back to 1685, Muratie’s wines are named after some of the colourful characters who have been involved with the estate over the centuries. Located in the exquisite Knorhoek Valley north of Stellenbosch the estate is currently under the stewardship of Rijk Melck.
As a direct descendant of Martin Melck (who owned Muratie from 1763 to 1781), Ronnie rekindled a centuries-old love affair and fulfilled a lifelong dream when he bought this gracious old wine farm in 1987, welcoming it back into the Melck fold. Humble, honest and full of integrity, he lived for Muratie and is the only owner whose remains rest here, under the trees on the highest part of the farm.
Made in traditional open fermenters and matured for 16 months in 100% French oak (20% new), this wine honours his warm personality, ‘photographic palate’ and instinctive flair for winemaking.
A polished wine, from its silky tannins to its dark wood spice, it oozes black plum and mulberry fruit that is succulent without being jammy. There are violets on the nose, dark chocolate too, but lasting impressions are of pleasingly savoury, from black pepper to smoked meats. Soft and voluptuous enough to be enjoyed on release, it has the structure to start reaching its full potential after about five years.
(Now sold out in SA!)