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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2007
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Marius Lategan
Main Variety : Merlot
Alcohol : 13.5 %vol
pH : 3.73
RS : 2.0 g/l
Total Acid : 5.46 g/l
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full
Taste : Fruity


Accolades
Platter Guide 2011: 4 stars
Tasting Notes
Colour: Fresh vibrant red brick colour.
Nose: Typical Morgenster red berries and cassis on the nose. Classical cigar box still lingering in the background. Some sweet liquorice aromas and spicy cloves in complete harmony.
Palate: Great entry with good sweet fruit and white chocolate on palate. Beautiful round supple tannins. Great balance and length to end off a well made wine. This wine will seamlessly integrate further into a masterpiece, like all before it.
Ageing Potential
As with the previous slow ripening vintages, the maturation of this wine will also be slower Drinking beautifully now but still has enough fruit to last another 8 - 10 years
Blend Information
56% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc
Food Suggestions
Pair with interesting red meat dishes. Lamb cutlets with rosemary, fillet with chocolate sauce and walnuts.
In The Vineyard
Morgenster has released only this wine from its 2007 vintage. While the Estate falls into the Stellenbosch area, the Schaapenburg microclimate produced adverse fertilisation and ripening periods leading to a lot of hard work in the vineyards and before the grapes entered the cellar to eliminate unevenly ripe berries.

The wine was produced with minimal interference to preserve the flavours of the fruit and its round, supple tannins give no hint of the difficult vintage conditions. However in line with its philosophy of "Quality without compromise" the Estate decided, as in 2002, not to release a 2007 vintage under its Morgenster flagship label.

The 2007 vintage was a difficult one with the Schaapenburg microclimate causing uneven ripening in the same bunches. Strict crop thinning was practised in most of the vineyards to overcome the uneven véraison, but the real challenge came in eliminating the millerandage.

Vineyard: Stellenbosch
Region: Helderberg ward
In The Cellar
Maturation: 16 Months in French oak barrels as follows:
30% new French
20% 2nd fill
25% 3rd fill
25% 4th fill

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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