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
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.
Still has lots of length. It was a premium vintage with perfect condition allowing the wine to develop nicely over the next 7 years.
70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
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.
Region: Helderberg ward
In The Cellar
100% barrel matured in 300 litre oak, from French coopers for 13 months.
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.