Lady Alice Sarah Stanford
Muratie’s Cap Classique honours Lady Alice Sarah Stanford, who was married to a senator, and as custodians of Muratie after they bought the farm in 1909, they lived the life of the landed gentry at the time. Life was filled with endless festivities: luncheons, cocktails, soirées, banquets, balls and fancy dress parties as well as hosts of shooting, hunting and tennis gatherings. And as a high society lady of note, Lady Alice was adept at turning every event into a dance party, with jazzy tunes in the background and the notes of fine wine on the nose. Muratie’s Lady Alice Méthode Cap Classique toasts this lovely lady of pleasure!
Muratie’s Iconic Wines
At Muratie, the passion for preserving the estate’s rich heritage and the intriguing human stories woven into the very fabric of its centuries old history, are captured in every nook and cranny of this family farm, where the unique old-world ambience is almost tangible.
Even the wines reflect a tangible sense of time suspended. The Melck family has honoured the estate’s fascinating history by naming all Muratie’s Iconic Wines after extraordinary characters from the farm’s colourful past, each with its own enchanting story described on the back label. And there are a myriad stories reaching as far back as the 17th century, making Muratie one of the oldest wineries in the Cape Winelands.
Muratie Lady Alice Rosé Brut 2012
The grapes were handpicked at the end of January 2012, at between 19 and 20°B, and whole-bunch pressed. Only free-run juice was used and settled for one day at 8°C after which it was inoculated and fermented for approximately two weeks at 14–16°C. 100% malolactic fermentation took place in concrete tanks. It is a blend of 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay and spent 26 months on the lees before dégorgement.
Tasting Notes: Layers and layers of flavour characterise this classically-styled crisp dry MCC. The pronounced aromas of lemons, limes, almond blossom and toasted cereal are echoed on the palate where the frothy, persistent bubbles dance on your tongue as the flavours move through more citrus, toasted buttered brioche and a distinctively salty edge, all of it wrapped up in rich butter cream. Vibrant acidity adds zest to each mouthful of rounded fruit and the finish is long and lingering, ending with a final tangy twist.
It’s a wine for celebrations and commiserations, for drinking on its own or pairing with food (try oysters or Gentleman’s Relish on toast) and is certain to turn any occasion into something memorable and special.
Muratie Lady Alice Brut Rosé 2012 retails nationally for approximately R160.