Morgenster Lourens River Valley Blend

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 the grapes that meet the stringent standards are a direct reflection of Morgenster’s terroir.

Tasting Notes:
COLOR: Concentrated and vibrant; dark mulberry red
NOSE: This wine carries a subtle perfume of wild flowers, sub-tropical fruit, cinnamon and vanilla oak spice
PALATE: The palate senses black currants, licorice 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.

Pairing Notes:Anything smokey goes with Lourens River Valley 2005 – Smoked Salmon, a grilled side of bacon and of course ribs. Try it with grilled Tuna, rabbit and any dish that combines chicken and bacon.

[tooltip title=”Stellenbosch, South Africa (Morgenster Vineyard)”][button color=blue]Origin[/button][/tooltip] [tooltip title=”2005″][button color=blue]Vintage[/button][/tooltip] [tooltip title=”Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot”][button color=blue]Varietal[/button][/tooltip] [tooltip title=”One of those strange vintages; short early and particularly challenging but despite the taxing nature of the harvest it produced exceptional quality”][button color=blue] Conditions[/button][/tooltip] [tooltip title=”100% barrel matured in 300ℓ oak, from French coopers, for 15 months. Split equally between new, 2nd and 3rd fill barrels”][button color=blue]Maturation[/button][/tooltip] [tooltip title=”pH – 3.6
Alcohol – 14.5 Vol %
Total Acidity – 5.85 g/l
Residual Sugar – 2.5 g/l”][button color=blue]Analysis[/button][/tooltip]
[tooltip title=”4.5 Star John Platter 2009″][button color=blue]Awards[/button][/tooltip]