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Morgenster

Website : www.morgenster.co.za

New and Old Worlds meet at Morgenster in Somerset West, near Cape Town. Part of the historic Vergelegen farm until its separation in the early 18th century, the Morgenster estate was bought by Italian Giulio Bertrand in 1992 with a dual vision: to make the best Bordeaux-style wine outside France and the best Italian-style olive oil outside Italy.

For the wine, Giulio had the requisite shale soils, cool breezes and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean; in Château Cheval Blanc’s Pierre Lurton he found the expertise and experience he also needed. Lurton’s involvement spans the recent history of Morgenster – a consultant and board member since 1998, and intricately involved in the design of the winery’s cellar.

The result is the perfect marriage of South African and French know-how, to which Giulio has added his own twist, only releasing a portion of each vintage on launch. The rest is kept, evaluated every six months and released in batches, allowing customers to buy several vintages of the same wine.

Other wines by this producer

  1. Morgenster Est Red 2001 Morgenster 6/75

    Dark plum, concentrated centre and opaque to the edges. Enticing with almonds, coffee and sweet caramel, and alluring sniffs of cassis and vanilla pods. Great freshness with hits of blackberry sweetness. Elegant entry, very plush and immediately filling. Sweeter dark berry fruit very evident, which contributes well to balancing the minerality which adds a lot of weight.

  2. Lourens River Val Red 01 Morgenster 6/75

    Opaque centre with lighter brick red edges, young and vibrant red.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. Elegant and accessible entry, fullness is a given. A seamlessly put together palate. Beautiful balance of fruit, wood and acidity.

  3. Lourens River Val Red 03 Morgenster 6/75

    Opaque centre with lighter brick red edges, young and vibrant red.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. Elegant and accessible entry, fullness is a given. A seamlessly put together palate. Beautiful balance of fruit, wood and acidity.

  4. Morgenster Est Red 2003 Morgenster 6/75

    Colour: Saturated ruby red.
    Nose: Sexy aromas of dark berries, cassis and kirsch, hints of chocolate and mocha.
    Palate: The palate impression offers ripe fruit, bedded in finely knitted ripe tannins. All these combine to assail the palate with a level of density, structure and viscosity to offer an outstanding mouth-feel. A liquid velvet texture is transformed by a rocky, minerally element. A complete wine with a classic elegance and excellent finish.

  5. Estate White 13 Morgenster 6/75
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    Estate White 13 Morgenster 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    Colour: Beautifully golden, with green hue.
    Nose: Starting off ripe and fresh, with notes of apricot, pineapple and litchi, hidden aromas of banana, butter, caramel, and zippy citrus, quince and lime then come to the fore.
    Palate: Very well poised, perfectly integrated oaking with balanced ripeness and minerality zing off each other. Melt in the mouth acidity has great staying power and adds a well crafted focus and length.

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