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.
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.