Harvest time is from mid-February to
sometimes as late as mid-April. Prior
to the harvest much time is spent in the vineyards tasting the grapes to
determine optimal ripeness. The north
facing aspects with low vigour soils, combined with the cooling sea breeze
off False Bay, create an extended ripening period allowing the grapes to
accumulate a higher concentration of colour, intensity, fruit flavour, tannin
density and structure, which are specific to Morgenster wines.
different vineyard blocks are harvested separately, with a maximum of 15 tons
of grapes being picked daily. Merlot is
the first to ripen, followed by Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and finally
Petit Verdot. All the grapes are
analysed to confirm the correct balance with reference to phenolic ripeness,
fruit and acid levels.
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