Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Muratie Harvest Festival

Some of our wine farms radiate the expense of money and sophistication and lots of bling. At others you can see reality, the long history and tradition marked on all their walls, echoed in their wines and carried on by their owners and staff. Muratie is one of the latter and we love her for it. So missing her Harvest Festival each year is not an option. This took place on the farm last weekend and we had a ball. Read on here and see the photos
First we were welcomed by glasses of their Lady Alice MCC
Then it was time to have a vertical tasting of three of their wines in the large cellar room
Owner Rijk Melck tells us about the plans for the farm since the very, very sad and sudden death of their young winemaker Francois Conradie this year.  Francois Haasbroek is assisting them in the harvest and all the staff on the farm are putting their shoulders to the wheel and helping where they can this busy year, as the grapes look fantastic and need to be made into great wine
Then he told us some of the interesting history of the farm in relation to the wine labels and names
We had a vertical tasting of three Muratie wines: Isabella Chardonnay, Ansela van de Caab red blend and the Ronnie Melck Shiraz. These wines are growing in stature all the time and you can see how well they mature when you taste the older wines, whites as well as red
Some happy festival attendees stomping some grapes
Little girls having fun in the sticky mess of grapes and juice
The festival crowd enjoying Muratie wines and lunch under umbrellas and oaks listening to good music and just having a lot of fun
Young and old
Mike Bampfield Duggan
Monika Elias of the South African Wine Tourism Handbook
Our lunch was a whopping beef burger and chips and some killer chilli poppers washed down with Muratie's excellent Rose and their Pinotage
Owner Rijk Melck, also enjoying his Rose
The rock band that entertained us late afternoon
Sad horn
Lively horn
Good barbecue chicken wings
Michelle Stewart and Renee Bampfield Duggan having fun
The most wonderful bunch of healthy grapes we have seen yet this harvest, right in the car park!
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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