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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2003
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Marius Lategan
Main Variety : Merlot
Alcohol : 14.0 %vol
pH : 3.58
RS : 2.4 g/l
Total Acid : 6.3 g/l
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Medium
Taste : Fruity


Accolades
The Best Wine in Japan Competition (Connoisseurs Category) 2013: Platinum
The Best Wine in Japan Competition (Professional Category) 2013: Gold
Platter Guide 2007: 4½ stars
Classic Wine Trophy 2007: Gold
Michelangelo Wine Awards 2006: Gold
American Wine & Spirit Wholesaler Competition 2010: Gold
Steve Tanzer 2007: 90 points
The Wine Advocate 2007: 90 points
Tasting Notes
Colour: Deep ruby-red. 
Nose: Extremely elegant aromas of ripe red fruits, plum, cinnamon, liquorice, blond tobacco and a strong, mineral streak. 
Palate: Silky sweet in the mouth, with beautiful ripe fruit that's still young and wound tight. The finish is 'text book' fine-grain tannins and superb subtle persistence. Give this wine some special treatment by decanting it about an hour prior to serving and it will reward your efforts by emphasising these characteristics.
Ageing Potential
Still has lots of length. It was a premium vintage with perfect condition allowing the wine to develop nicely over the next 7 years.
Blend Information
70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Food Suggestions
Rich, but uncomplicated Italian traditions; think wild mushrooms and truffle oil, basil and rocket salad, roast lamb with black olive paste and garlic, duck and game bird.
In The Vineyard
An outstanding vintage offering concentrated, structured and generous reds. Even growth and ripening resulted in ripe tannin structure and good skin concentration.

Vineyards: Stellenbosch
Region: Helderberg ward
In The Cellar
100% barrel matured in 300 litre oak, from French coopers for 13 months.
Additional Information
At Morgenster we employ a rigorous three tier selection process; handpicked in the vineyards, pre-crush sorting table selection of bunches as they enter the winery and again after barrel maturation which dictates a single minded quality focus for the Lourens River Valley – in fact it was the first label launched by Morgenster’s owner Giulio Bertrand with the 1998 vintage. Bertrand’s exacting quality standards, have if anything, become more meticulous over the years as the fledgling brand begins to make its mark in both the local and international markets on the right track to achieving the audacious vision of producing two world-class red blends.

In style, this wine is a classic, elegantly crafted Cape Bordeauxstyle blend. The wines of Morgenster are hand crafted to make the most from the combination of our great terroir, international expertise, pure passion and dedication.

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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