The composition of this wine begins in the vineyard where careful pruning and canopy management ensures optimal shoot and bunch positioning. The goal is to ensure that individual vines are in perfect balance. Consistent viticultural practices combined with experimental winemaking become the precursors for specific site selection for this, our flagship estate blend. The selection process continues through harvest, hand-sorting of bunches as they enter the cellar and again after barrel maturation. The rigorous attention to detail ensures complexity, tannin structure and above all, elegance that differentiates the Morgenster blend.
This, our third vintage under the Morgenster label, we consider the best to date. Older vines offer a wine with great complexity and classic elegance. Our Olive oil has been called “Liquid Gold”, this is our “Liquid Velvet”.
An outstanding vintage offered concentrated, structured and generous reds. Even growth and ripening resulted in ripe tannin structure and good skin concentration.
Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet franc Merlot
Individual components matured for 13 months in central French forest oak; 90% new. 25% of the Merlot and Cabernet franc underwent malolactic fermentation in the barrel
Alc / Vol: 13.5%
Acidity: 5.9 g/l
Residual sugar: 2.5 g/l
Extract: 31.0 g/l
Winemaker: Henry Kotze
Think rich and bold when looking to match this wine; game, venison, lamb, goats’ milk and mature cheese and interesting salad leaves
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.
Awards: 4 Stars Wine Magazin; Parker: 93 Points; Steve Tanzer: 91+ Points; Caylon Trophy TOP 10; “1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die”
Platter rating: 4,5