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, making Muratie one of the oldest estates in South Africa. Muratie is a serious and respected player in the Bordeaux blend, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir stakes and historically, has been known for being the first producer of Pinot Noir as well as fine ports.
George Paul Canitz (who owned Muratie from 1927 to 1958) had two great passions in life: painting and Pinot Noir. In the mornings he'd mix colours on his palettes, in the afternoons sample grapes. Painting into his 70s he earned fame both locally and internationally - he could hardly keep up as art lovers streamed to Muratie to buy his paintings.
But as the first ever Pinot Noir grower in the country, what would eventually earn him the greatest renown was his palate for Pinot. With a delicate, long finish, hint of strawberries, fresh cherries and French Oak, the George Paul Canitz Pinot Noir salutes the artist and his palate for Pinot.