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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2011
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Henry Kotzé
Main Variety : Cabernet Franc
Alcohol : 14.06 %vol
pH : 3.66
RS : 2.25 g/l
Total Acid : 5.69 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full
Taste : Fruity


Accolades
John Platter 4 ½ stars
Tim Atkin 92 points (2015)
Tasting Notes
Colour: Opaque centre with lighter brick red edges, young and vibrant red.
Nose: Sweet whiffs of blackberry are at the fore, with ripe bramble and fresh plum. Also very prominent and intriguing are Cabernet Franc’s cinnamon and nutmeg influences. There are some classical herbaceous notes found in lavender and thyme, ending with yummy coffee and toffee.
Palate: Elegant entry, very plush and immediately filling and rewarding. All the enticing sweetness evident on the nose returns to the fore. Acidity, savoury and sweetness blend harmoniously and the rounded silky tannins are already soft and velvety.
Blend Information
59% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Food Suggestions
This would be delicious paired with more hearty dishes like a tomato lamb neck potjie, but will also be friendly towards a rich, flavoursome seafood pasta or risotto. Hard cheeses with preserves are a must.
In The Vineyard

According to winemaker Henry Kotzé who worked on this, his second Bordeaux harvest for the Estate, the increasing maturity of the vines - they vary in age from 7 to 18 years - facilitated his and the viticulturist’s efforts to bring the fruit to the specific ripeness he wanted.

Keeping with the philosophy behind Morgenster Lourens River Valley, he focused on letting the fruit do the talking and making the wine to be a true reflection of the terroir and what can best be achieved with it under any given vintage. The rounded silky tannins are already soft and velvety and the wine shows all the makings of being in it for the long run.

Vineyard: Stellenbosch
Region: Helderberg ward

Vintage Conditions: The 2011 vintage was very dry, with no rain falling in the New Year and very little after veraison. December 2010 was the windiest in 50 years, contributing to a lower water holding capacity in the vineyards. This required close monitoring of the vines with maintenance of higher stress levels and irrigation only being done in extreme cases.

In The Cellar
16 months in French oak as follows: New Oak 30%, 2nd fill 10%, 3rd fill 20%, 4th fill 20%, 5th fill 20%

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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