Muratie Dinner Fun

July 29th, 2011 by karen

I met Francois Conradie, the winemaker from Muratie of the last 6 years, at the Wine Judges Academy earlier this year.  After bumping into him at Old Mutual Trophy Show tasting again it was marvellous to receive an invitation to join him, the Melck family, and other guests for a dinner at the estate.  I was spoilt from the very beginning as they sent a vehicle to collect me at take me out to the estate.  An extra-special touch!

We  were joined by Edo Heyns and his partner, the extended Melck family (who have owned the estate since 1987) and their Belgian exporters.  In fact, Frank, the Belgian exporter was a key role player in the cooking of our dinner, along with Kim of course!  The dinner was hosted adjacent to the tasting room, in a room filled with old carpets, wooden furniture and original art.  I was not aware Muratie offered meals to their guests but they have a winter or summer menu available as well as special options for corporate lunches or dinners.  No matter what you choose their promise of “Honest food, good wine and great company” is certainly fulfilled!

On arrival we enjoyed a glass of crisp MCC accompanied by some warm salmon and puff pastry tarts as well as a shot of mushroom soup.  Once at the table we were treated to the Laurens Campher which I had tasted, and heartily enjoyed, earlier in the year.  This is a Chenin driven blend with Sauvignon Blanc, Verdehlo and a small amount of Chardonnay as supporting characters.  The wine has a lovely medium body and presence in the mouth with a crisp finish.  Our starter was a take on “eggs and soldiers” with soft boiled egg and toasted soldiers with truffle and then straight onto prawn risotto with Patagonian calamari paired with Isabella Chardonnay

Since Muratie were the first estate to ever plant Pinot Noir in SA it was a treat to taste their George Paul Canitz Pinot Noir 2009 offering complex savoury notes with a fruit finish.  The courses kept coming………….. as did the wine.  With our rare fillet we got to taste a spectrum of red wines which included some from their neighbours, Remhoogte, who also joined us for the evenings festivities.  The Ansela van de Caab, the estate flagship, was certainly my favourite for the evening.  My hubby and I had opened a 2001 bottle of this wine only a couple of months ago and to compare it to its new vintage was such a pleasure!

Before I moved to Cape Town I used to visit Muratie regularly with their Port being one of my parents favourite.  After the hospitality and wonderful wines tasted on this fabulous evening they are right back on my radar and I have no doubt they will be seeing a lot more over me in the future.

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