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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2013
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Henry Kotzé
Main Variety : Cabernet Franc
Alcohol : 14.5 %vol
pH : 3.6
RS : 2.6 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full
Taste : Fruity


Accolades
John Platter 4½ stars
Tim Atkin 92 points (2016)
Tasting Notes
Colour: Opaque with vibrant, deep ruby 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 aromas.
Palate: Silky smooth and sweet, with beautiful ripe fruit wound tightly into elegantly constructed tannins. This wine will reward even further if decanted.
Blend Information
47% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot & 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Suggestions
Able to complement 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
A later but even bud burst followed the cold wet winter of 2012, with conditions continuing till after berry set in October. November was drier and warmer and December the warmest in 48 years. The greater variation between day and night temperatures during January and February, however, positively impacted grape quality during the ripening period.

In The Cellar
New Oak 30%,
2nd fill 10%
3rd fill 20%,
4th fill 20%
5th fill 20%

Bottling was done on 23 April 2015
Additional Information
The thinking behind the Morgenster Lourens River Valley Bordeaux blend is to create a wine in an inviting and easily accessible style where fruit is very evident but balanced against tannins and acidity. Being a true reflection of terroir, wonderful evolution and longevity are also a part of this process.
Appearing under a slightly changed label for the first time, Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2013 was blended in consultation with Pierre Lurton of Château Cheval Blanc. Pristine fruit came from nine to 21 year old vines in vineyards with a diversity of soils, from deep decomposed granite to the stonier decomposed Table Mountain Sandstone. Clonal material was selected to suit the style cellar master Henry Kotzé was aiming for.

This is a rewarding wine, comments Kotzé, adding that decanting will further release its complex plum, mulberry and raspberry aromas.

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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