MURATIE’S LAURENS CAMPHER FLAGSHIP WHITE BLEND CONTINUES TO IMPRESS

19/December/2016
Emma Nkunzana
Murate wine

Ever since the maiden 2010 Muratie Laurens Campher appeared on the wine scene, this interesting white blend has developed a fine pedigree, gathering praise as a wine to be reckoned with. The recently released 2015 vintage continues to impress, having received impressive ratings in the inaugural Cape White Blend Report and in the Top 12 Wines White Blend rankings for 2016.

The Muratie Laurens Campher, as with all the Muratie wines, is named after one of the legendary characters from the estate’s long history which dates back to 1685.

It pays tribute to the first owner of Muratie, one of the country’s wine pioneers – a passionate and determined young German soldier – and his extraordinary love for a slave girl stationed at the Castle in Cape Town. The wine named after him, a uniquely South African seamless blend of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho and Viognier, is elegant and complex with flavours of honeysuckle, lime marmalade and fresh almonds, all wrapped in creamy oak.

2016 Cape White Blend Report
The 2015 Muratie Laurens Campher recently scored an impressive 94 points in the inaugural Cape White Blend Report, which was only one point behind the winning wine. The Report, a newcomer to an excellent portfolio of annual wine reports by Christian Eedes of Winemag, is the first competition to recognise Chenin Blanc, South Africa’s most widely planted white grape, as an important and desirable component of a white blend. All white blends containing a Chenin Blanc component of more than 15% and less than 85% were eligible to enter. 43 entries from 36 producers were tasted blind and rated according to the 100-point system by the judges, Christian Eedes, and Roland Peens and James Pietersen of Wine Cellar, Cape Town merchants and cellarers of fine wine. The average score was 88.5 and only 14 wines were rated 90 or higher.

Top 12 Wines 2016 White Blends
The Muratie Laurens Campher 2015 was awarded 3rd place in the Top 12 Wines 2016 White Blends ranking. Top 12 Wines, founded and convened by Frederic Dasse, is a series of public blind tasting events in Cape Town and Johannesburg arranged in categories according to varietals and blends. The Top 12 Wines presented to the public at these tastings are selected for being the very best in their respective categories, being the most awarded, and having to prove themselves thereafter on a continuous basis in front of the public. The results of each tasting are calculated by compiling the rankings of all individual tasters, and this result feeds the ongoing current ranking of the category on Top12Wines.com. Ongoing ranking eliminates the ones which do not perform well, while others come to replace them and challenge the leaders.
These recent accolades for the 2015 Laurens Campher enhance the fine pedigree established by previous vintages, which include Top 100 SA Wines status, and 90 plus ‘outstanding’ ratings from highly-acclaimed international and local wine critics, such as Tim Atkin (British Master of Wine) and South Africa’s Christian Eedes (Winemag.co.za), as well as esteemed international wine publications like Decanter (UK).

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