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All true discipline is rooted in delight


27 September 2019  -  wine.co.za, Sheryl Faure

All true discipline is rooted in delight. I realize this when speaking to Rijk Melck, owner of Muratie Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Rijk has a certainty about him when talking about Muratie and tells the tales of many hours spent at the winery. The family-owned land sits in the Knorhoek Valley reminding me of a pearl embedded in an oyster.

The layers of many generations can be seen in the tasting room and cellar. The building almost creeks with the sound of days gone by, cobwebs adorn the tasting room walls. If you’re not really into wine, then art scattered throughout will keep your mind occupied. Two friendly German Shepherd’s lovingly find a hand that will stroke them and their laid back approach is contagious.  

Tasting room

Hattingh de Villiers has been winemaker at Muratie for the past five years and fits in as if he has been adopted by the family. I guess the thing that has most certainly been adopted is his hands-on approach, down to earth but with the final goal in mind to have you buy your second bottle! We gathered around in the cellar to taste the release of their Martin Melck Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and their Martin Melck Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve 2015. Grapes are handpicked and both wines have had time in French Oak barrels. The non reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 shows concentrated dark fruit, underscored by fresh acidity. The Family Reserve being the beast and one that I would keep in my cellar for a big celebratory occasion. Both wines were enjoyed with lamb shank that was truly falling off the bone and it paired perfectly. Kim, life partner to Rijk, manages and runs the kitchen and so honestly all things said, a vein of family, skills, life and unison can be felt, tasted and experienced at Muratie.

For those that feel you need a little more time on the farm one can make use of the GP Canitz guest cottage and if you feel moved to  making a vow, Muratie offers a beautiful space and view to tie the knot! You will be guarded by an oak tree planted by the very hand of Ansela van de Caab.