The more I taste the 2016 whites which are usually released this time of year, the more I like them. And the Morgenster Nu Series 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2016 certainly ‘does it’ for me.
The Helderberg Wine Appellation weather building up to the harvest in 2016 was one of the driest in recorded history and the estate’s early harvested whites were bold aromatic wines while cooler weather in February and March allowed for a longer hang time of the red grapes on the vine thus building up greater colour and flavour.
Made by winemaker Henry Kotze in a classical white wine procedure retaining as much of the flavour and aromatics as possible. Made for early drinking and excellent as an aperitif and with food.
It looks like
Bottled under cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle. Gaily coloured neon yellow label and cap. In the glass it is a gem bright lemon colour with flashes of green when held up to the light.
It smells like
Good whiffs of tropical melon, sweet tropical limes and spice.
It tastes like
So perfectly balanced from entry. Fruit, soft acidity, mouthfeel and aftertaste all in perfect harmony. There is layer upon layer of flavours following on the nose, the mouthfeel of a ripe melon and the pleasant appealing refreshing aftertaste.
It’s good with
Perfect as an aperitif wine before a meal. Brilliant with fish and chicken off the braai and just such a lovely partner for Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Low-Carb Pea and Pea Shoot Salad with Bacon & Eggs. Click here for her recipe.
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