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Muratie Isabella Chardonnay 2020

Muratie Isabella Chardonnay 2020

R280,00

For current Muratie owners Rijk and Kim Melck, there could be only one name for their Chardonnay, made from the free-run juice of hand-harvested, whole- bunch pressed grapes, fermented and then matured in 500 L French oak for 11 months: the name of their baby daughter, Isabella.

In this fresh and elegant wine with its peach-blossom fragrance, the aim is to evoke those bedtime butterfly kisses of their beautiful baby girl, so the oaking (11 months in this case) is subtle, serving only to spice the stone fruit, melon and citrus flavours with hints of hazelnuts and vanilla cream. It’s beautifully delicate and understated, with a pure, slightly piquant and lingering ‘mineral’ finish promising great charm well beyond the toddler years.

Specifications

SKU: MUR-009
Alcohol Volume: 13.75 %
Sugar G/L: 3.1 g/l
Type of wine: White Wine
Cultivar: Chardonnay
Food Pairing: Salads, Seafood

This product is part of The Governors Club, a reward programme for frequent and loyal clients. Read More.

More Information

In the cellar

After the alcoholic fermentation (30% wild fermentation) the wine underwent 55 % malolactic fermentation and spent 11 months in French oak before being racked and blended. It was then stabilised before being bottled and labelled.

In the vineyard

The grapes were hand harvested before being whole-bunch pressed. The juice was chilled to about 8 ˚C for two days. The clear juice was then taken off the sediment and pumped into 500 L French Oak barrels where it underwent a combination of inoculated and natural fermentation.

Ageing

This wine can be enjoyed now, however, it will age wonderfully for 8 - 10 years from date of vintage.

Food Pairing

This wine will pair well with seafood, sushi, salad and fresh bread.

Awards and Recognition

91 / 100 Tim Atkin Report 2023

About the Wine Estate

Tucked into the exquisite Knorhoek Valley north of Stellenbosch, Muratie Wine Estate, under the stewardship of Rijk Melck and his family, has been at the heart of a lot of passionate debate. This debate is centred largely around the desire to protect a century’s old wine experience that is a magnet for wine lovers around the world. The farm itself dates back to 1685 when it was granted by Governor Simon van der Stel who was Governor of the Cape of Good Hope at the time. This makes Muratie one of the oldest estates in South Africa and along with that age comes many characters and truly fascinating stories. The Melck family has revived this rich heritage in an updated yet classical evolution of the brand, naming its range after many of these colourful characters. For example, the MCC bubbly is known as Lady Alice. She is joined by Ansela van de Caab (blended red), George Paul Canitz (Pinot Noir), Ronnie Melck (Shiraz), Alberta Annemarie (Merlot), Laurens Campher (blended white), Isabella (Chardonnay) and Ben Prins (Port). It is not only the label that has changed. The wine itself has also undergone incredible changes in quality, under the creative hand of winemaker Hattingh De Villiers and his team. This has seen Muratie become a serious and respected player in the Bordeaux blend, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir stakes. Historically, Muratie has been known for being the first producer of Pinot Noir as well as fine ports. Along with the development of other varietals, Muratie has elevated itself into a new appreciation amongst truly discerning wine lovers.

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