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Our Wines - Merlot
Morgenster Estate Reserve 2013
Colour: Dence, rich plum, ruby red.
Nose: Terrific intensity! Gorgeous perfume, enticing perfume of plum. Plum, red and black berry richness, almonds and coffee with toffee and classical pencil shavings, cigar box and cassis.
Palate: Mouth filling elegance with a cashmere feel of finely interwoven tannins engulfing sweeter, dark berry fruit. A fine balance of acidity over minerality contributes to harnessing the youthfulness of the fruit.

Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.6  pH: 3.6  TA: 5.7  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Estate Reserve 2012
Colour: Dence, rich plumb, ruby red.
Nose: Terrific intensity! Gorgeous perfume, enticing with each whiff. Plum, red and black berry richness, almonds and coffee with toffee and classical pencil shavings, cigar box and cassis.
Palate: Mouth filling elegance has sweeter, dark berry fruit engulfed in mouth caressing tannins. Fine balance of acidity over minerality contributes to harnessing the fruit’s youthfulness.

Alc: 14.51  RS: 2.5  pH: 3.57  TA: 5.9  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Estate Reserve 2011
Colour: Bright deep plum red. Vibrant, youthful appearance.
Nose: Striking, unabashed opulence greets you with gusto. Red and black Merlot fruit abound, offset with the most fragrant spice of the Petit Verdot and enhanced with blueberry, blackberry and cassis of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Palate: Fantastically soft silky tannins fill the mouth and an overwhelming sweetness and fullness. Classical flavours show pencil shavings, fresh paprika and prominent concentrations of sweet cherry and blackcurrant.

Alc: 14.39  RS: 2.26  pH: 3.63  TA: 5.51  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Estate Reserve 2010
Colour: Bright, deep plum red. Vibrant, youthful appearance.
Nose: An explosion of fruit and perfume. There are blackcurrants and raspberry notes intermingled with rose petal and jasmine flavours. Underlying layers of cherry and violet are strengthened by more classical licorice, thyme, forest floor aromas.
Palate: Offerings of great opulence, balanced perfectly with a natural acidity that is the backbone to this age worthy wine. Once in the mouth, classical aromas spread, showing pencil shavings and earthy undertones with a more prominent concentration of sweet cherry and blackcurrant. Vanilla, mocha and some oak hover in the background.

Alc: 14.6  RS: 2.70  pH: 3.47  TA: 6.8  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Estate Reserve 2005 -  SOLD OUT
Colour: Deep, concentrated burgundy red; reminiscent of heavy velvet drapes.
Nose: The first impression is clearly a lovely, rich dark chocolate with attractive spicy support. There are nuances of black cherries, black berries and ripe plums.
Palate: Slightly candy-coated tannins that create the impression of the interaction between fruit, acid and tannin. The black cherries on the nose come through to the palate as cherry kernels; marzipan and stone fruit. The finish is impressively long.

Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.5  pH: 3.6  TA: 5.65  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Estate Reserve 2004 -  SOLD OUT
Colour: Dense purple with great depth and concentration. 
Nose: Terrific intensity and purity highlight a gorgeous perfume of sweet black cherries, roast herbs, meat juices, kirsch, blackberries, spice ... as the wine evolves the aromas come in waves. 
Palate: If pressed for a one word descriptor, opulent would be the word for the 2004 Flagship of the Morgenster Estate. It's full bodied with more structure, tannin and delineation than the top vintages 2003 and 2001.

Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.6  pH: 3.68  TA: 5.8  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Estate Reserve 2001
Colour: Dense, rich, plum red.
Nose: On the intro, the presence of blackberries, pepper and spice show the slight dominance of the Cabernets.
Palate: The dense, complex mouth feel identifies elegant balance between the classic oak tannins and equality between fresh ripe berry flavours and ripe integrated varietal tannins.

Alc: 14.5  RS: <2.5  pH: 3.55  TA: 5.6  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2009
Colour: Opaque centre with lighter brick red edges, young and vibrant red.
Nose: Starts out more herbaceous with lavender and thyme in the lead. Cabernet franc much more predominant with some whiffs of coffee. Then comes the cassis, raspberry and perfumey rose petals.
Palate: Elegant and accessible entry, fullness is a given. A seamlessly put together palate. Beautiful balance of fruit, wood and acidity.

Alc: 14.38  RS: 1.5  pH: 3.71  TA: 5.9  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2007
Colour: Fresh vibrant red brick colour.
Nose: Typical Morgenster red berries and cassis on the nose. Classical cigar box still lingering in the background. Some sweet liquorice aromas and spicy cloves in complete harmony.
Palate: Great entry with good sweet fruit and white chocolate on palate. Beautiful round supple tannins. Great balance and length to end off a well made wine. This wine will seamlessly integrate further into a masterpiece, like all before it.

Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.0  pH: 3.73  TA: 5.46  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2006 *Allocation
Colour: Deep ruby red.
Nose: Ripe, expressive and welcoming nose gets one off to a good start. Additional scents include light toasted tobacco, liquorice, spice, herbs and of course red and black berry fruit.
Palate: Youthful, lovely sweet entry with just enough intensity and mouth feel. The complexity of the aromatics is equaled in the palate flavour profile. It's not a heavyweight and has moderate tannins. One feels seduced by this modern styled wine’s elegance and balance rather than by sheer power, as is the tendency from this vintage. The fruit is sweet and inviting, while the finish is long and consistent.

Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.3  pH: 3.74  TA: 5.6  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2005
Colour: Concentrated and vibrant; dark mulberry red. 
Nose: This wine carries a subtle perfume of wild flowers, sub-tropical fruit, cinnamon and vanilla oak spice.
Palate: The palate senses blackcurrants, liquorice and spice, a freshly integrated, balanced acid and tannin ratio with youthful expression. The tannins have a firm grip that show the long path of evolution ahead, but they are certainly neither 'clawy' nor aggressive. The future bodes well for this 2005 vintage.

Alc: 14.5  RS: <2.5  pH: 3.6  TA: 5.85  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2004
Colour: Deeply coloured intensity that is synonymous with wines of the Morgenster vineyards. 
Nose: Ripe, sexy, expressive nose that gets one off to an excellent start; light toasted tobacco, liquorice, spice, herbs and minerals. 
Palate: The flavour profile is on a par with the complexity of the aromatics. One feels seduced by this modern wine's elegance and balance rather than sheer power. The fruit is sweet and sexy, while the finish is long and consistent.

Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.4  pH: 3.7  TA: 5.6  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2003
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.

Alc: 14.0  RS: 2.4  pH: 3.58  TA: 6.3  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2002
Colour: A true reflection of the vintage, wines of distinction were produced; one of very few that reflects vibrant colour; a deep centre with an attractive stable Burgundian red tint.
Nose: Earthy, spicy aromas support and amplify nuances of liquorice, cinnamon, chocolate, mocha and vanilla. The bouquet reminds one of the scent of our indigenous plant fynbos; its herbaceous character. Aeration will release flavourful esters of dark mulberry, plum and strong red grape aromas.
Palate: The stimulation on the palate is mild and expressive to show great personality. Finely knitted tannins interlacing the spice and fruit flavour to offer a fresh entry with good structure and length to a pleasant finish. The character lingers and leaves a pleasant dryness.

Alc: 14.0  RS: <2.5  pH: 3.7  TA: 5.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2001 *Allocation
Colour: Plum red with a concentrated core depth demonstrates the richness of the wine.
Nose: Aromas of black cherry, cassis, strawberry shortcake, toast and cedar.
Palate: The entry offers sweet nuances with toasty oak, a medley of fresh ripe berries and notes of marzipan and vanilla. The oak-spice compliments the fruit and expresses a good layer of acid and tannin balance. The mouth-feel is complimented by a well textured mid-palate weight, great overall elegance without presence of clumsiness on the finish.

Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.5  pH: 3.6  TA: 5.6  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2000
Colour: Strikingly fresh, concentrated and deep plum colour.
Nose: Fresh nuances of cherry, blackcurrant and liquorice carried by undertones of vanilla spice and some oak wood. A flinty, earthy, mushroom (or is it truffles) as a second nose gives one the impression of a unique, terroir-specific character rather than a certain cultivar expression.
Palate: The rather sweet nuances of the dominating Merlot component offers exactly those fruit flavours carried from the first impression. A classic style with a subtle mouth feel brought upon by the successful marriage of the components.

Alc: 13.7  RS: 2.7  pH: 3.4  TA: 6.0  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Morgenster Nu Series 1 Merlot 2014
Colour: Deep dark red.
Nose: Red, black and bramble berries, classic pencil shaving, graphite, cedar.
Palate: Sumptuously smooth with enough fine tannin to broaden the palate weight and add an extra dimension to a very fruit driven experience.

Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.34  pH: 3.44  TA: 0.57  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:

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