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The Morgenster Minute - November 2018

6 November 2018  -  Morgenster Estate

''Then a smile and a glass and a toast and a cheer, for all the good wine and we've some of it here" - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr (1809 - 1984), physician, poet & polymath

We are happy to share the important international recognition that Morgenster wines and olive oils have recently received.

Morgenster Estate Reserve 2014 has won the top honour, the trophy, in the Bordeaux blend category at the Six Nations Wine Challenge 2018 held in Sydney Australia. This is a very important acknowledgement of our flagship Bordeaux blend as it competed against top Bordeaux blends from six New World producer nations - Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and Unites States of America. To mark this honour we are releasing a limited number of bottles from the tasting room at R476 a bottle plus courier cost - or +27.218521738.

We had been looking forward to the appearance of Flos Olei Guide 2019 because we knew that our 2018 harvest olive oil was excellent.

You can imagine our delight at the end of September to hear that Morgenster extra virgin olive oil was again rated the best in South Africa by this authoritative and highly respected international judging body.

For the sixth year Flos Olei has awarded our oil 98%, placing it once again among the best olive oils in the world. It was the highest score given to a South African olive oil.

We have now completed the planned extension of our vineyards, adding two hectares of Vermentino, two hectares of Sangiovese, one hectare of Nebbiolo and one hectare of Semillon. This brings Morgenster close to its target of 40 hectares.

The renovation to our tasting room is finished, in time for our summer visitors. It is a comfortable modern look which we hope you will enjoy. We have also updated our wine tasting offering so that visitors can select from our Bordeaux, Italian Collection and single varietal ranges, and are introducing vegetarian, cheese and Italian meat platters in addition to our delicious olive and olive oil tasting platters.

In our last issue we offered to give three bottles of our delicious Morgenster Estate Reserve 2012, which James Suckling rated at 92 points, to two people who updated their Morgenster Minute contact details.

We are happy to announce that Christopher Cosgrove and Frances Wood will shortly be receiving their wines.

From Henry in the wine cellar
British wine critic, Tim Atkin MW, scored five Morgenster wines over 90 in his South Africa 2018 Special Report released in September. Of the three Bordeaux blends, Morgenster Estate Reserve 2015 (93 points), Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2015 (93 points) and Morgenster Reserve White 2016 (91 points). We will release these wines in autumn next year.

He rated our two Italian Collection reds, Morgenster Nabucco 2015 at 93 points and Morgenster Tosca 2015 at 91. They are available from our online shop, selected retailers and the tasting room.

We have released three vintages of our single varietal wines. This range, made in an accessible, fruit driven style, enhances the unique characteristics that the Morgenster terroir lends to the grapes. They also offer interesting insights into the dynamics of blending by showcasing each grape’s contribution before they go into the Estate’s prized blends. They are available from selected retailers, the Estate or online at

Morgenster Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - Classical Cabernet Sauvignon traits - rich red fruit flavours layering black currants, cherries and plums.
Morgenster Cabernet Franc 2016 - Lush cassis concentrated fruit and cinnamon, with peanut and clove-like spice on the nose.
Morgenster Sangiovese 2018 - Our version of Chianti Classico is a delicious anytime, anywhere wine, light fresh and fruit driven.

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