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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2005

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Colour: Concentrated and vibrant; dark mulberry red.

Palate: The palate senses black currants, liquorice and spice, a freshly integrated, balanced acid and tannin ratio with youthful expression. The tannins have a firm grip that show the long path of evolution ahead, but they are certainly neither clawy nor aggressive. The future bodes well for this 2005 vintage.

Nose: This wine carries a subtle perfume of wild flowers, sub-tropical fruit, cinnamon and vanilla oak spice.

Accolades: Platter Guide: 4½ stars Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: 92 points

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R 212.00

R 1,272.00 per 6

Technical Analysis

Food Suggestions Anything smokey goes with Lourens River Valley 2005 - Smoked Salmon, a grilled side of Bacon and of course Kassler rib. Try it with grilled Tuna, rare or medium-rare Ostrich, Rabbit and any dish that combines Chicken and Bacon.
In The Vineyard One of those strange vintages; short, early and particularly challenging but despite the taxing nature of the harvest it produced exceptional quality.
In The Cellar 100% barrel matured in 300 litre oak, from French coopers, for 15 months. Split eventually between new, 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
Winemaker Marius Latengan
Main Variety Merlot
Alcohol 14.50
Appellation Stellenbosch
ph 3.60
rs 2.50
Total Acid 5.85
Style Dry
Type Red
Body Full
Taste Fruity
Ageing Potentail The wine will reward cellaring with a marked evolution.
Blend Information 60% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot

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This is not a label that lives in the shadow of the flagship Morgenster; on the contrary it has a style and flair all of its own. This statement is no truer than in the 2005 vintage where this elegant, accessible and yet complex wine truly shows its temperament. The totally uncompromising and almost obsessive focus on quality means that grapes that meet the stringent standards are a direct reflection of Morgenster’s terroir.

They bear testimony to Bertrand’s original findings 15 years ago and support the decision he made then to dedicate this farm to red Bordeaux varieties. This decision coupled with the partnership he formed in the early 90s with Pierre Lurton of Chateaux Cheval Blanc and Chateau d’Yquem fame paved the way for winemaker Marius Lategan to make his own mark in this vintage after having been involved from day one and now with 10 years experience of what Morgenster has to offer!

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