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Morgenster 2011

Yesterday, the launch of the 2011 vintage of the flagship wine from Morgenster with winemaker Henry Kotzé plus Cheval Blanc managing director Pierre Lurton as well as that property’s winemaker Pierre-Olivier Clouet presenting – the Cheval Blanc technical team having played a consulting role at Morgenster since inception. “We look for freshness, balance, ageing potential [...]

April 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Morgenster 2010

The 2010 vintage was Henry Kotzé’s first at Morgenster in Somerset West after his move from Eikendal and the farm’s two Bordeaux-style reds from that year have just been released. The Lourens River Valley 2010 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot and was matured for [...]

March 1, 2013
by Christian
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Eikendal Chardonnay 2009

Eikendal in Stellenbosch will be hosting its annual Weintaufe Harvest Celebration on Sunday, 4 March and I’m honoured to have been appointed as the “godfather” of the vintage charged with providing a “ceremonial blessing”, in particular the farm’s Chardonnay. In light of this, I thought it was important to re-acquaint myself with the property’s Chardonnay [...]

February 22, 2012
by Christian
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Eikendal Classique 2008

Eikendal has long kept a low profile despite the wines having been of more than passable quality. How to explain this? In recent times high winemaker turnover has not helped the cause of this Stellenbosch property, the long-serving Josef Krammer replaced by Lizelle Gerber in mid-2002, Gerber replaced by Henry Kotze in mid-2004 after she [...]

July 12, 2011
by Christian
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Morgenster 2008

What impresses about those behind Somerset West property Morgenster is how deliberate they are in the way they go about their business. Owner Giulio Bertrand, an Italian who originally made his money as the manufacturer of luxury fabric and if part of the definition of “luxury” is comfort and freedom from physical distress, then that [...]

April 16, 2011
by Christian
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