I had the pleasure of visiting Majek Vineyard & Winery on my way home from the Hill Country area in the evening of Saturday, May 9th. During the trip I was watching the time closely hoping that I got there in time. Lucky me, I got there with just less than an hour to go before closing. I’ve had a couple Facebook interactions with Randy Majek in the Texas Wine Drinkers group and was hoping to meet him when I stopped in. As I entered the tasting room Randy was right by the door. We greeted each other and he directed me to a table where I began my tasting. At this time I also got to meet Randy’s wife Lynne Majek. Randy and his capable staff tag-teamed my tasting of several wines served in an un-traditional “wine” glass. Or maybe should I say traditional. Lynne said they think that this is how “grandpa would have drank it.”
While I won’t mention every wine I tasted a few were standouts for me. Remember, I’m not a sommelier and can’t describe wine like one would so I’ll just give my redneck impressions. Wine made from Blanc Du Bois (BdB) is becoming something I enjoy more each time I taste it as wine makers learn how to bring out the character and flavor of this grape. Their sparkling dry BdB is outstanding. I’m not a champagne drinker but I can see drinking this whenever others would reach for the bubbly. I can’t wait for my wife to try the bottle I brought home. The non-sparkling dry BdB was excellent. Nice and crisp and the citrus notes were evident. I also had the 2013 Tempranillo sourced from the Texas High Planes. A dry red wine that had strong notes of vanilla. Randy said that that quality has just started to come out in the last few weeks. It’s amazing how wine character changes over time. Especially if it improves it! Majek’s 2013 Lenior (Black Spanish) wine is now on the “reserve” list. You can still get it but you better hurry. I love the story on their blog about their road trip getting the lenior grapes from the Gibson vineyard in Weimar to Texas Custom Wine works in Brownfield. It makes this wine all the more special. Like BdB Texas wine makers are getting better in making good wine from this grape. What used to be almost exclusively used for port/dessert wines is now making great drinking dry wines. This one fits that category. As taken as I was with the Tempranillo, I was impressed even more by this Lenior. It had nice oak and a very soft mouth feel. The tannins have smoothed out nicely in my opinion.
During my tasting I was able to enjoy conversation with both Lynne and Randy. Maybe one of the benefits of showing up close to closing time. You should read their story (Or Saga) here. You won’t be sorry and you’ll find it interesting to hear some of what they went trough to get where they are today. One thing I took away from the visit, and Lynne conformed this. If you have an idea of something you want to do take the plunge and go for it.
What you need to know:
-Majek Vineyard and Winery is about 8 miles outside Schulenburg, TX near Moravia on the south side of I-10. It’s about half way between Houston and San Antonio. They have good directions on their website.
-They have wine for beginner to enthusiast wine drinkers. You should be able to find something you like. You can do a dry or sweet tasting (or maybe a combination) for a very reasonable price.
-They’ve been dropping the grapes on their estate vines of Blanc Du Bois and Lenior while waiting for them to mature. I believe they will make wine from this year’s crop if everything goes well.
-Take your time and enjoy their vineyard. It’s beautiful and relaxing. A great getaway from Houston or San Antonio (Or even Austin!)