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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2013




Opaque with vibrant, deep ruby red edges


Initial aromas are of black and red cherries, strawberry shortcake and cassis with some intriguing earthy, spicy nuances of liquorice, vanilla and sweet cinnamon. Aeration will release plum, mulberry and raspberry aromas


Silky smooth and sweet, with beautiful ripe fruit wound tightly into elegantly constructed tannins. This wine will reward even further if decanted


John Platter 4 ½  stars

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R 191.67

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Food Suggestions Able to complement big flavored meat dishes as well as roast duck, poultry and ostrich served with salad and a well-aged balsamic dressing. A great match with Italian dishes like wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil and a rocket and basil salad, or roast lamb with black olive paste
In The Vineyard A later but even bud burst followed the cold wet winter of 2012, with conditions continuing till after berry set in October. November was drier and warmer and December the warmest in 48 years. The greater variation between day and night temperatures during January and February, however, positively impacted grape quality during the ripening period.
In The Cellar New Oak 30%, 2nd fill 10% 3rd fill 20%, 4th fill 20% 5th fill 20% Bottling was done on 23 April 2015
Winemaker Henry Kotze
Alcohol 14.5
Appellation Stellenbosch
ph 3.6
rs 2.6
Total Acid 5.6
Style Dry
Type Red
Body Full
Taste Fruity
Ageing Potentail Morgenster’s sibling Bordeaux blend is designed in an inviting and easily accessible style to let the fruit do the talking first while still reflecting a beautiful balance between fruit, tannins and acidity. Evolution and longevity are also a part of this process, as in Morgenster Reserve, the flagship Bordeaux blend.   Grapes came from vineyards with a diversity of soils, from deep decomposed granite to the stonier decomposed Table Mountain Sandstone. The wine spent an additional one to two weeks on the skins post fermentation. The Cabernet component underwent malolactic fermentation in third fill 300 litre barrels which provided early integration of the complicated tannin structure and had a stabilizing effect on the colour.   Winemaker Henry Kotzé says Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2012 will continue to surprise and delight for the next 15 years.
Blend Information Merlot 47% Cabernet Franc 34% Petit Verdot 12% Cabernet Sauvignon 7%

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The thinking behind the Morgenster Lourens River Valley Bordeaux blend is to create a wine in an inviting and easily accessible style where fruit is very evident but balanced against tannins and acidity. Being a true reflection of terroir, wonderful evolution and longevity are also a part of this process. 


Appearing under a slightly changed label for the first time, Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2013 was blended in consultation with Pierre Lurton of Château Cheval Blanc. Pristine fruit came from nine to 21 year old vines in vineyards with a diversity of soils, from deep decomposed granite to the stonier decomposed Table Mountain Sandstone. Clonal material was selected to suit the style cellar master Henry Kotzé was aiming for.


This is a rewarding wine, comments Kotzé, adding that decanting will further release its complex plum, mulberry and raspberry aromas. 

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