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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2000

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Colour: Strikingly fresh, concentrated and deep plum colour.

Palate: Sweet nuances of the dominating Merlot component offers the fruit flavours of the first impression. A classic style, subtle mouth feel brought by the successful marriage of  components.

Nose: Fresh nuances of cherry, blackcurrant and liquorice carried by undertones of vanilla spice and some oak wood. A flinty, earthy, mushroom as a second nose gives one the impression of a unique, terroir-specific character.

Accolades: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2009: Bronze (Museum Class), British Wine Magazine: 94 points , Grape Magazine: 4½ Stars , Platter Guide 2003: 4½ Stars , Wine Magazine 2010: 4 Stars.

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R 212.00

R 1,272.00 per 6

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Food Suggestions Pair this wine with roasted peppers, wild mushroom and truffle risotto, butternut ravioli and ripe cheese.
In The Vineyard As this the third vintage of Lourens River Valley made it's way onto the shelves and into dining arenas, it is clearly the product of the Morgenster quality philosophy as well as a very clear sign of things to come from this fledgling brand. Wine production from the 40ha of exclusively Bordeaux varieties on this 200ha property has been managed from the outset with a single minded focus on producing only the very best. Evaluation of the grapes begins in the vineyards with site selection as the first of three careful selection processes. The first selection takes place after rigorous tasting of the grapes during the ripening phase, and only the best grapes are harvested. The second takes place at the sorting table just outside the winery; every bunch is scrutinized for any flaws, and once again, only the very best bunches and berries make their way into the de-stalker. Our third selection process takes place after barrel maturation but before blending. At this stage, every barrel is tasted and evaluated in terms of its ability to carry the Morgenster credence. A hot year with predictable powerful concentrated reds which bodes very well for the cellaring potential of our wines form this harvest.
In The Cellar Individual components spent 15 months in 300 litre French oak barrels, 22% new wood. The wine spent 6-months in bottle in the confines of the cellar before release.
Winemaker Marius Latengan
Main Variety Merlot
Alcohol 13.70
Appellation Stellenbosch
ph 3.40
rs 2.70
Total Acid 6.00
Style Dry
Type Red
Body Medium
Taste Fruity
Ageing Potentail Lovely pheonolic ripeness was achieved during harvest and the wines were crafted with soft velvety tannins that will preserve this wine.
Blend Information 70% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc

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As the third vintage of Lourens River Valley made its way to shelves and dining arenas, it is clearly the product of Morgenster’s quality philosophy and a clear sign of things to come from this fledgling brand. Wine production from the 40ha of Bordeaux  varieties has been managed from the outset with a single minded focus on producing only the very best.

Evaluation of the grapes begins in the vineyards with site selection as the first of three careful processes. The first takes place after rigorous tasting of the grapes during the ripening phase; only the best grapes are harvested. The second takes place at the sorting table just outside the winery; every bunch is scrutinized and only the very best bunches and berries make their way into the de-stalker. Our third selection process takes place after barrel maturation but before blending. At this stage, every barrel is tasted and evaluated in terms of its ability to carry the Morgenster credence.

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