Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Muratie Harvest Festival

The beautiful Muratie Manor house in its cool and green garden setting
The charming and relaxed tasting room where good wine is served amongst historic spider webs (rumoured to be a national monument) - not much has been changed for a century
Lunch in the garden listening to the band
Umbrellas and trees provide the shade
A relaxed Dr Rijk Melck, the owner of Muratie, pours us a glass of Lady Alice, their new MCC
2010 vintage it is crisp and clean and lively
The band takes a rest while we eat a late lunch
It is a lovely place for families
Carmen Noyce, Rijk Melck and Michelle Stewart pour us some of the 2005 Isabella Chardonnay, opened for the vertical tasting earlier that day.
It was our favourite wine of the day
Next we tasted the 2009 – also delicious and young
The band were The Rites and are a bunch of old rockers having a great deal of fun and creating a great atmosphere
After the party...
Our juice Gourmet beef burgers and chips for R60, enjoyed with the Isabella Chardonnay 2009
One of Rijk's very friendly dogs
We all do the Time Warp again!
.. Its jump to the right... !
Their delicious fruity George Paul Canitz 2010 Pinot Noir
The leader of the band... he belts out another number
Those pink tights were hilarious
Rijk tells us about the wines and this year’s harvest
Our final wine was the award winning Ansela van de Caab 2009, a classic Bordeaux red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Definitely one to put down for a year or two.
Two girls having a great deal of fun
Another two... Lynne and Michelle roaring with laughter
And it was a lovely ending to the day as you could help yourself to a bottle of Muratie 3 year old port on the way out.

© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013

No comments: