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Lourens River Valley 2003

A keeper.

The motivation behind the 10 Year Old Wine Awards instituted last year was to explore the age-worthiness of South African reds and out of 73 wines from the 2003 vintage entered, both the Morgenster and the second-label from the Somerset West property … [Read more...]

Morgenster Italian Collection Nabucco 2009

Beautifully composed.

Yesterday a whizz through some examples of Nebbiolo, one of the great red grapes of Italy, typically high in acidity and firm of tannin. The variety is not widely planted in South Africa (25.09ha at the end of 2011) but Morgenster in Somerset West … [Read more...]

Morgenster 2010

Sexy and I know it.

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% … [Read more...]

Morgenster 2003 vs. Lourens River Valley 2003

Morgenster 2003 vs. Lourens River Valley 2003

Yesterday an interesting comparison between the Morgenster 2003 and the second-label Lourens River Valley 2003 from the Somerset West property where famously Pierre Lurton of Cheval Blanc consults. The flagship wine was a blend of 37% Cabernet … [Read more...]

Morgenster Italian Collection Nabucco 2009

Immaculately groomed.

The Italian Collection reds from Morgenster in Somerset West are just as suave as owner Giulio Bertrand (himself originally of Italy) but I kinda wish they had just a little more mafia muscle about them. Tosca 2009 is a blend of 74% Sangiovese, … [Read more...]

VinJeanne Rosé 2010 vs. Morgenster Italian Collection Caruso 2011

Not totally silly.

Given the choice between a glass of still rosé and a double Tanqueray and tonic with a fresh slice of lemon and lots of ice why would anyone opt for the former? Bottom line is I really don’t get pink wine. On hearing this, part-time winemaker … [Read more...]