Morgenster, Estate Red, 2003

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Morgenster, Estate Red, 2003

35.99

Those of you who appreciate great South African reds will already be familiar with the wines of this 300 year old estate in the Western Cape. Once part of the prosperous farm Vergelegen, owned by Cape Governor Willem Adrian Van Der Stal, it produces wine from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot and with a winemaking team of Henry Kotze’ and Bob Hobson - ably supported by consultants Pierre Lurton, of Chateau Cheval Blanc,and Giulio Bertrand - the aim is “To produce the best and nothing less”.


This magnificent wine from the classic 2003 vintage undergoes prolonged ripening – ideal for Cabernet,due to its close proximity to the Atlantic and the cool South Eastern, at some 3-4 degrees lower than Stellenbosch – yielding soft, ripe and velvety tannins. Hand-picked and sorted prior to fermentation in stainless steel, it is then transferred to new French oak barriques where it luxuriates for the next 18 months. It’s not cheap, as quality like this comes at a price, but it beats the bejaysus out of many a comparably positioned Bordeaux.      

 

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