Muratie Ben Prins Cape Vintage Simonsberg Stellenbosch, 2017
On the nose, floral notes of violets and roses entice along with Christmas spice and plum pudding. Each sip is deeply rich, with flavours ranging from Kirsch-macerated black cherries to dark chocolate-enrobed hazelnuts. There are also savoury undertones of truffles and tobacco, with brisk acidity and warming alcohol in harmony with the lithely powerful structure. Seamlessly integrated after two years in old 225l French oak barrels, this world-class wine should reward contemplation for at least another two decades.
|Winemaker||Hattingh De Villiers|
BEN PRINS (winemaker at Muratie until 1987) was as unique as the wines he produced. A hard-working, no-nonsense kind of a man quiet, contemplative and exceptionally particular he was both a perfectionist and a traditionalist. Any "unnecessary" novelties‚ like shoes were‚ "verboten‚" (he became endearingly known as the Barefoot Winemaker). And because of his dedication to perfection, it was said of Ben that he knew wine like the back of his hand ... or indeed, his foot! Made from traditional Portuguese varietals in a vineyard planted in the 1970s and matured in old 225 litre French oak barrels for a minimum of two years, this world-class liqueur wine pays homage to the legend: Barefoot Ben.