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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2005
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Marius Lategan
Main Variety : Merlot
Alcohol : 14.5 %vol
pH : 3.6
RS : <2.5 g/l
Total Acid : 5.85 g/l
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full
Taste : Fruity


Tasting Notes
Colour: Concentrated and vibrant; dark mulberry red. 
Nose: This wine carries a subtle perfume of wild flowers, sub-tropical fruit, cinnamon and vanilla oak spice.
Palate: The palate senses blackcurrants, liquorice and spice, a freshly integrated, balanced acid and tannin ratio with youthful expression. The tannins have a firm grip that show the long path of evolution ahead, but they are certainly neither 'clawy' nor aggressive. The future bodes well for this 2005 vintage.
Ageing Potential
The wine will reward cellaring with a marked evolution.
Blend Information
60% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot
Food Suggestions
Anything smokey goes with Lourens River Valley 2005 - Smoked Salmon, a grilled side of Bacon and of course Kassler rib. Try it with grilled Tuna, rare or medium-rare Ostrich, Rabbit and any dish that combines Chicken and Bacon.
In The Vineyard
One of those strange vintages; short, early and particularly challenging but despite the taxing nature of the harvest it produced exceptional quality.

Vineyards: Stellenbosch
Region: Helderberg ward
In The Cellar
100% barrel matured in 300 litre oak, from French coopers, for 15 months. Split eventually between new, 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.

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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