Muratie Martin Melck Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve 2016

By , 3 December 2020

Wines from the 2016 vintage generally do not have the greatest reputation – growing conditions were exceptionally hot and dry and of course, it was sandwiched between 2015 and 2017, both stellar years that tend to make everything else look that much more ordinary.

There will, of course, always be exceptions and the Martin Melck Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve 2016 from Muratie in Stellenbosch is one of them. Matured for 24 months in 100% new oak and carrying an alcohol of 14.94%, it is much more elegant than you might expect. The nose shows cassis, some leafiness and pencil shavings while the palate is lean and linear with fresh acidity and pleasingly firm tannins. It doesn’t perhaps have the opulence or fruit density that 2015 or 2017 tend to offer but it is beautifully balanced and should mature with benefit. Price: R460 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 93/100.

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