This is the second Morgenster harvest for winemaker Henry Kotzé from a
dry vintage which required close monitoring of water stress levels of the vines
– an important tool in the viticulturist’s toolkit. The increasing
maturity of the vineyards, which vary in age from 7 to 18 years, facilitated
the viticulture team’s efforts to bring the fruit to the ripeness Henry wanted.
Winemaking was in line with Morgenster’s philosophy of encapsulating the best
possible blend of the vintage to make it a true reflection of the terroir and
what could be achieved under the harvest conditions .According to Henry, the
result is a wine with great depth and complexity, which he punts as outlasting
usual, the 2011 blends were shaped in collaboration with the Estate’s
consultant winemaker, Pierre Lurton of Chateau Cheval Blanc, letting the
vintage determine the blend. Morgenster Reserve 2011 contains 59% Merlot, 21%
Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petit Verdot.
A bright, deep plum red introduces a
striking opulence on the nose, layering red and black fruit from Merlot offset
by fragrant spice of Petit Verdot and blueberry, blackberry and cassis from
Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate Morgenster’s famous
silky soft cashmere tannins and sweetness fill the mouth. There are abundant
classical flavours of pencil shavings, fresh paprika and concentrations of
sweet cherry and black currant.
Suggested food pairings: Most
young, bold Bordeaux blends pair well with something hearty and flavoursome
like a prime piece of beef, lamb, venison or duck. It is also a wine to sip on
its own for the enjoyment of uncovering its complex secrets.
Morgenster Reserve 2011 was awarded 4½ stars in the 2015 John
Platter Guide. Available from the Estate, Morgenster’s online shop http://shop.morgenster.co.za/ or selected
retail outlets. Recommended retail price R385.00.
Lourens River Valley 2011
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2011 blend is comprised of 59% Cabernet Franc,
30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot.
opaque centre with lighter brick red edges introduces a nose of sweet whiffs of
blackberry with ripe bramble and fresh plum. Cinnamon and nutmeg influences
come from Cabernet Franc with classical herbaceous notes of lavender, thyme,
coffee and toffee. The wine offers an elegant entry, plush and immediately mouth
filling and rewarding. All the enticing sweetness evident on the nose returns
to the fore. Acidity, savoury and sweetness blend harmoniously and the rounded
silky tannins are soft and velvety.
Lourens River Valley 2011 was awarded 4½ stars in the 2015 John Platter Guide. Available from the Estate, Morgenster’s online shop http://shop.morgenster.co.za/ or selected
retail outlets. Recommended retail price R185.00. ends