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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2000
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Marius Lategan
Main Variety : Merlot
Alcohol : 13.7 %vol
pH : 3.4
RS : 2.7 g/l
Total Acid : 6.0 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Medium
Taste : Fruity


Accolades
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2009: Bronze (Museum Class)
British Wine Magazine: 94 points
Grape Magazine: 4½ Stars
Platter Guide 2003: 4½ Stars
Wine Magazine 2010: 4 Stars
Tasting Notes
Colour: Strikingly fresh, concentrated and deep plum colour.
Nose: Fresh nuances of cherry, blackcurrant and liquorice carried by undertones of vanilla spice and some oak wood. A flinty, earthy, mushroom (or is it truffles) as a second nose gives one the impression of a unique, terroir-specific character rather than a certain cultivar expression.
Palate: The rather sweet nuances of the dominating Merlot component offers exactly those fruit flavours carried from the first impression. A classic style with a subtle mouth feel brought upon by the successful marriage of the components.
Ageing Potential
Lovely pheonolic ripeness was achieved during harvest and the wines were crafted with soft velvety tannins that will preserve this wine.
Blend Information
70% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc
Food Suggestions
Pair this wine with roasted peppers, wild mushroom and truffle risotto, butternut ravioli and ripe cheese.
In The Vineyard
As this the third vintage of Lourens River Valley made it's way onto the shelves and into dining arenas, it is clearly the product of the Morgenster quality philosophy as well as a very clear sign of things to come from this fledgling brand. Wine production from the 40ha of exclusively Bordeaux varieties on this 200ha property has been managed from the outset with a single minded focus on producing only the very best.

Evaluation of the grapes begins in the vineyards with site selection as the first of three careful selection processes. The first selection takes place after rigorous tasting of the grapes during the ripening phase, and only the best grapes are harvested. The second takes place at the sorting table just outside the winery; every bunch is scrutinized for any flaws, and once again, only the very best bunches and berries make their way into the de-stalker. Our third selection process takes place after barrel maturation but before blending. At this stage, every barrel is tasted and evaluated in terms of its ability to carry the Morgenster credence.

A hot year with predictable powerful concentrated reds which bodes very well for the cellaring potential of our wines form this harvest.

Vineyard: Stellenbosch
Region: Helderberg Ward
In The Cellar
Individual components spent 15 months in 300 litre French oak barrels, 22% new wood. The wine spent 6-months in bottle in the confines of the cellar before release.

Other Vintages
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2013 Henry Kotzé Cabernet Franc
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2012 Henry Kotzé Cabernet Franc
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2011 Henry Kotzé Cabernet Franc
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2010 Henry Kotzé Cabernet Franc
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2009 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2008 - on allocation Marius Lategan Cabernet Franc
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2008 magnum Marius Lategan Cabernet Franc
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2007 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2006 magnum Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2006 *Allocation Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2005 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2004 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2004 magnum Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2003 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2003 magnum Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2002 magnum Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2002 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2001 *Allocation Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2000 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 1999 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 1998 Marius Lategan Cabernet Sauvignon

Tel: +27.218521738   Fax: +27.218520835   Email: info@morgenster.co.za  
P.O. Box 1616, Somerset West, 7129, South Africa
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