Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon
We love Morgenster Estate's wines at WineCollective, so when we were able to get access to not one but TWO of their bottlings from a back vintage, we jumped at the opportunity. In addition to the 2012 Lourens River Valley, we were also able to secure a small amount of their top-of-the-line Estate Reserve. Like its younger sibling, the Estate Reserve is sourced from vines grown in the foothills of South Africa's Helderberg Mountain. It's a Bordeaux-style blend of select parcels of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon from their oldest vines. Though Morgenster Estate's history stretches back at least 300 years, it wasn't until Giulio Bertrand purchased the property in 1992 that the winery's potential was fully revealed. Drawing on his Italian heritage and advice from Château Cheval Blanc's Pierre Lurton, Giulio determined that the Estate would be perfectly suited to the production of high-quality Bordeaux grape varieties - and we're sure you'll agree! If enjoying young, we'd recommend decanting the Estate Reserve for at least an hour to reveal the complexity it offers, but if you can wait, this will reward further cellaring for the next 12-15 years. Serve at 18 C.
This is a stunner - layer after layer of ripe blue and black fruit (currants, plum, blackberries), followed by toasted oak, sweet pipe tobacco, dried leaves, and coffee. The balance between the fruit and the oak is spot-on, and it's incredible how it evolves in the glass.
Rich, opulent and structured, the Estate Reserve showcases the power and elegance possible in top South African wines. There are loads of fruit on the palate, with vibrant freshness and fine tannins that suggest this wine has a lot of life ahead of it. The finish is long and pure, with fruit giving way to dried herbs, cigar, and sweet spice.
Special wines deserve special meals, so go big and open this structured red to serve alongside slow-roasted prime rib or braised short ribs. Either way, make sure you save enough to sip on its own when the meal is done - this wine deserves your full attention!
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