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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2012
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Henry Kotzé
Main Variety : Cabernet Franc
Alcohol : 14.4 %vol
pH : 3.58
RS : 2.5 g/l
Total Acid : 5.8 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full
Taste : Fruity


Accolades
John Platter 4½ stars
Tasting Notes
Colour: Opaque heart, with vibrant brick red edges.
Nose: Initial aromas are of black and red cherries, strawberry shortcake and cassis. There are also intriguing earthy and spicy nuances of liquorice, vanilla and sweet cinnamon. Aeration will release plum, mulberry and raspberry notes.
Palate: Silky smooth and sweet, with luscious ripe fruit woven into elegantly constructed tannins. This wine will reward even further if decanted.
Blend Information
71% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Suggestions
Pairs well with big flavored meat dishes as well as roast duck, poultry and ostrich served with salad and a well-aged balsamic dressing. A great match with Italian dishes like wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil, a rocket and basil salad, or roast lamb with black olive paste.
In The Vineyard

Vineyard: Stellenbosch
Region: Helderberg ward

Vintage Conditions
2012 was the third dry growing season in a row. That, combined with a cool start to spring, reduced fruit set. January was very hot, followed by cool and dry conditions which allowed sugars to ripen gradually and delayed harvest start. The last grapes were crushed two to three weeks later than usual.

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%

Bottling was done on 5 February 2014.

Additional Information
Morgenster’s sibling Bordeaux blend is designed in an inviting and easily accessible style to let the fruit do the talking first while still reflecting a beautiful balance between fruit, tannins and acidity. Evolution and longevity are also a part of this process, as in Morgenster Reserve, the flagship Bordeaux blend.

Grapes came from vineyards with a diversity of soils, from deep decomposed granite to the stonier decomposed Table Mountain Sandstone. The wine spent an additional one to two weeks on the skins post fermentation. The Cabernet component underwent malolactic fermentation in third fill 300 litre barrels which provided early integration of the complicated tannin structure and had a stabilizing effect on the colour.

Winemaker Henry Kotzé says Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2012 will continue to surprise and delight for the next 15 years.

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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2012 Henry Kotzé Cabernet Franc
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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 *Allocation Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2006 magnum 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 magnum Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2003 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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