Morgenster owner, Giulio Bertrand, follows European practice by releasing his Bordeaux-style red wines only when they have had the benefits of ageing perfectly.
A small portion of each new vintage of Morgenster flagship and Lourens River Valley red blends is released after four years to highlight that vintage’s quality and potential. The balance is saved to age under pristine conditions in the Morgenster cellar for later release in batches. Each year the Estate’s winemaking team tastes through all the vintages with Pierre Lurton, Morgenster’s consultant winemaker from Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau d’Yquem, to monitor their progression.
The wisdom of this approach is paying off, as the matured wines show their personalities and the complexities that have developed with the benefit of ageing. They are remarkably youthful and Morgenster affirms that they can continue to age for years to come.
With a large quantity of early vintages having been held back over the years, Morgenster now has an offering unique in South Africa of several vintages which are available in quantities that allow continuity of supply and the development of new markets.