Morgenster has just released its second Merlot vintage in the NU (pronounced “new”) range of single varietal wines – NU Series 1 Merlot 2013.
In 2007, based on a 12 years history, Morgenster started its replanting strategy by uprooting close to 50% of the then 40 ha of vineyards in line with Giulio Bertrand’s objective of producing Morgenster flagship quality from each vineyard.
As the replanted vines begin producing, and until the grapes are regarded as ready for inclusion in the Estate’s Bordeaux blends and Italian Collection, they will be released as single varietal wines. “Too good not to share at this level as they are already showing their pedigree and presenting luscious fruit and velvety soft tannins,” says winemaker Henry Kotzé, who made the wines in an exuberantly fruity style pitched at every day drinking.
Kotzé points out that even though they were made to be enjoyed soon, they are still Morgenster wines with typical traits such as the velvety soft tannins which broaden the palate weight and add an extra dimension to a very fruit driven experience.
Aimed at a younger wine drinker, NU Series 1 Merlot 2013 is priced accordingly at R87 from Morgenster Online Shop or from the cellar door.
The first two wines in the NU Series were a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot, followed by Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc.
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes for Morgenster NU Series 1 Merlot 2013:
Colour: Deep dark red.
Nose: Typical Merlot with red, black and bramble berries, pencil shaving, graphite and cedar.
Palate: Sumptuously smooth with enough fine tannin to broaden the palate weight and add an extra dimension to a very fruit driven experience
Pair it with roasted lamb cutlets and greens, or a lemon and herb chicken with mielie pap or polenta and smoor or a rich tomato sauce.