One of the great joys of visiting Morgenster Wine Estate in the east of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, is being able to buy wines which have some bottle age on them.
This is particularly so with the Morgenster 2009, the Estate’s flagship red blend made up of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot and 14% Cabernet Franc.
Henry Kotze, Morgenster’s Winemaker
Henry Kotze, Morgenster’s Winemaker, started work on the Estate in October 2009 and was responsible for shepherding this wine throughout the 18 months maturation spent in French Oak Barrels. The mix of barrels was 60% first fill, 20% second fill and 20% third fill.
Good harvest conditions, and indeed the weather in the build-up to harvest yielded perfect grapes. The wine is built for ageing and perhaps a bit of excellent structure present as a more masculine expression then the 2nd label Lourens River Valley of the same vintage.
Olive harvesting on Morgenster
Morgenster also produces a fine range of olive and olive oil products, so if you are visiting, make time to do an olive oil tasting. Their award-winning oils often beat the finest European products in International Competitions.
It looks like
Bottled under cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with the elegant Morgenster logo embossed in glass just below the neck. Classical label. In the glass, it is an opaque dark plum red which pales out to garnet at the rim.
It smells like
Reticent at first, the nose develops the classical Cabernet characteristics such as cassis and graphite. The other varieties add their herbaceous and violet whiffs.
It tastes like
Easy fruited entry. Billowing out in the mid palate where oak, minerals and softened tannins are all interwoven ending in a long elegant and very satisfying aftertaste. Beautiful harmony.
Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Christmas gammon
with a sticky orange and ginger glaze
It’s good with
A bottle like this requires respect. It makes a perfect after dinner bottle in the quiet at the end of the evening, where discussion is serious, though suitable light hearted. It is just made for food, from the traditional Sunday roast lunch through to a midweek supper where the thought of a bottle of a truly great wine to accompany a well-cooked dish is only a happy one. At the moment there are some stunning gammons on sale in the supermarkets, particularly Woolworths. Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Christmas Gammon with a Sticky Orange and Ginger Glaze is a great partner for this dish. Click here for her recipe.
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