Morgenter’s Vespri Vermentino 2017 was launched recently on the Estate. It is a wine which fits so snugly into the Estate’s The Italian Collection, which already consists of a Rosé and two reds using Italian grape varieties. Part of owner Giulio Bertrand’s project to produce a range of premium wines using Italian wine grape varieties. While Morgenster’s Vermentino vines are still in their infancy, Winemaker Henry Kotze was able to source grapes, grown locally, which come from a clone which comes from the island Italian of Sardinia.
Once in the cellar, Henry and his team whole bunch pressed the grapes to extract only gentle juices with no colour or skin contact, no tannins, which give a strong fruit expression. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was kept on its lees until it was bottled in April of this year.
It looks like
So, inviting in its clear Bordeaux shaped bottle with its yellow livery and premium screw cap. In the glass, a bright yellow straw with flashes of lime green.
It smells like
You can smell the soil, the minerals, the sliced ripe yellow peaches, yellow apples and a whiff of Muscat.
It tastes like
The fruit, ripe yellow peaches, piel de sapo melon and an undertow of Muscat grapes. From entry, crisp and exciting in a full mid palate with a long and refreshing tail.
It’s good with
Excellent as a refreshing glass in the mid-morning shade. It is also a food wine. Food from the sea wine like sushi, sashimi or ceviche. A large summery leaf salad with avocado and fat pink prawns, rocket, tomato.
The new vintages of The Italian Collection Rosé and two reds were also introduced and if anything, these wines simply get betterer and betterer.
The new vintage is the 9th Sangiovese Rosé from Morgenster, it seems to me, more intensely flavoured each time. Cherry blossom pink. Whiffs of bright sweet fruit, though the wine is dry. Cherries, spices and fynbos herbaceousness on the nose and the palate is soft and round and well fruited.
Now from a single Nebbiolo vineyard on the Estate. It has an interestingly ‘different’ aroma. Packed with flavour, spices, herbs, cherries and a good tannic presence. Lovely earthy petrichor notes. Cherries, fraises des bois, pomegranate all well intertwined with grippy tannins, the oak, and the lovely soft acidity in the tail.
Made from Sangiovese with little dollops of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass, a gem bright ruby red at the core which goes to purple to the meniscus. A generosity of sensationally scented fruit. Sweet brown spices. Full mid-palate and a hint of charcuterie in the aftertaste.
Morgenster is a lovely place to visit. You will get a warm welcome for wine and olive oils tastings. The Restaurant 95 @ Morgenster, which is operated by the legendary Giorgio Nava, is where I had the finest piece of beef I have ever eaten. Ever.
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