Rietvallei Estate Red Muscadel 2015

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Rietvallei Estate Red Muscadel 2015 is full-bodied, rich, yet gentle. A floral, Muscat bouquet comes through on the nose, with typical raisiny sweetness and an intense, rich flavour that lingers on the palate and follows through on the aftertaste while the acidity compliments and balances the sweetness.

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Pair with noble cheeses and almost any desert…delicious with rich chocolate or strawberries & ice cream.Serve at room temperature (18ºC) or chilled.Enjoy as an aperitif or as a winter warmer in front of the fireplace on a chilly evening.During summer serve in a cocktail glass with crushed ice and sliced strawberries.Also in summer, serve in a tall glass with lots of ice, soda water, fresh ginger, a mint leaf and a slice of lemon.

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Rietvallei Wines at a glance...

Rietvallei Wine Estate counts among South Africa’s oldest family-owned wine estates and was one of the first wine farms established in the picturesque Robertson Wine Valley some 160km north east of Cape Town.

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Rietvallei Estate is 215 hectares in total size of which 119 hectares are planted with vineyard. Plans are to expand the vineyards to 150 hectares during the next couple of years.

At the moment the estate is still planted with predominantly white noble cultivars covering 75%, with red being only 25%. Apart from the traditional Red Muscadel, Rietvallei is also planted with classic noble cultivars like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Weisser Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Tinta Barocca and Cinsaut. Rietvallei’s famous 1908 Red Muscadel vineyard is in the form of bush vines and is approximately one quarter of a hectare in size.

Away from the pollution of the city, these vines thrive in the crisp clean Karoo air. Often, in the early morning, the vines are shrouded in mist and from the distant Indian Ocean comes a breeze to further cool the grapes, thus allowing them to ripen slowly and develop their summer sugars.

The soils on the estate are well drained and rich in lime, with a high pH, ideal for wine growing. The soil types vary from red calcareous clay-loam, to deep calcareous loam, to rocky and even also to sandy alluvial soil.

Rietvallei lies in the Klaas Voogds ward, a region with unique soil structures and climatic influences ideal for wine grape cultivation, situated some eight kilometers east of Robertson town on the way to the Little Karoo.

In 2014 Rietvallei reached a major milestone by becoming one of only a handful of South African wine estates to celebrate 150 years of ownership under one family. This heritage of a pioneering Robertson-based wine culture under the guidance of six generations of the Burger family has contributed to Rietvallei’s reputation of excellence in viticulture and winemaking. Intimate knowledge of the soils and an understanding of the interaction between nature and vine, along with visionary winemaking practices, lie at the heart of Rietvallei’s status for premier winemaking over generations.

The farm was bought in 1864 by Alewyn Burger for his son Jacobus Francois. Koos Burger, pioneering wine farmer in many ways, farmed the estate and was 70 years old when he planted a Muscadel vineyard on the farm in 1908, today the oldest of its kind in South Africa.

Besides our unique vineyard terroir and natural environment, the Robertson Wine Valley is also known for the hospitality of our people. We thus heartily invite you to come and visit us at our estate to simply have a chat or to enjoy a delicious cheese platter complemented by our award-winning wines. We offer our guests a tranquil, child-friendly garden with wide open spaces and beautiful views.

Our tasting room is cozy and snug, with a welcoming fire-place roaring in the winter months. Our walls are lined with atmospheric photos of past generations. And as a special treat, don’t miss out on the magical experience of tasting from a 100 year old barrel of Muscadel…

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