Cultivars: Merlot , Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Morgenster Estate specialises in four Bordeaux red wine cultivars; Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. More recently, Morgenster also planted small quantities of Italian varieties Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Director and Wine Consultant Pierre Lurton (a name synonymous with Bordeaux) works in tandem with resident Winemaker Henry Kotze and viticulturist Bob Hobson, to offer to Morgenster’s customers the ultimate best in a red blend.
This is the first time that Morgenster has released its classic Bordeaux style blends in the third year after harvest. Previously the Estate released its wines in the fourth year. However winemaker Henry Kotze points out that wine changes quite a bit from year three to year four, and releasing a year earlier offers the chance to savour the early vibrancy of the fruit in wines which have been crafted to be enjoyed for 20 years and beyond. This approach also showcases what Morgenster is achieving within the Schaapenberg microclimate.
Opaque centre with lighter brick red edges, young and vibrant red. The 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. The palate has an elegant and accessible entry, fullness is a given. A seamlessly put together palate. Beautiful balance of fruit, wood and acidity.