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In 1992 Giulio Bertrand retired to South Africa from Italy and bought the historic farm Morgenster, which dates back to 1711. Retirement however was to elude him because he became enthused with the potential of the terroir. Never one to set small goals, he determined to plant vines to produce wines that would rival the best of France.

Under Bertrand's inspiration and energy Morgenster produces two internationally acclaimed Bordeaux style red blends, one label being the flagship Morgenster and the other Lourens River Valley.

Four Bordeaux cultivars are grown on the Estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Estate's wine consultant is Pierre Lurton, Managing Director of Château Cheval Blanc, a name synonymous with Bordeaux blends. Lurton and his winemaking team work with resident winemaker Henry Kotzé and viticulturist Corius Visser in implementing the Estate's philosophy of letting the vintage determine the blend, and of making wines which are a true reflection of the Schaapenberg terroir.

Morgenster wines are crafted to age well and many vintages can be enjoyed for 20 years and beyond. Bertrand releases only a portion of each vintage at launch date and keeps the balance in pristine condition in his cellar to be evaluated at six monthly intervals. He then releases the vintages in batches that showcase their progression, providing an unusual offering to private and trade consumers of several vintages of the same label.

The Bordeaux blends of Morgenster are receiving consistent international and local recognition, both at launch date in their youth and for earlier vintages which confirms that they are ageing wonderfully.

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