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Morgenster Reserve 2012

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Henry Kotzé
Main Variety
Merlot
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
14.51 %vol
pH
3.57
RS
2.5 g/l
TA
5.9 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Dry
Body
Full
Taste
Herbaceous

Accolades

John Platter 4 ½ stars
Stephen Tanzer 92+ points (2017)

Tasting Notes

Colour: Dence, rich plumb, ruby red.
Nose: Terrific intensity! Gorgeous perfume, enticing with each whiff. Plum, red and black berry richness, almonds and coffee with toffee and classical pencil shavings, cigar box and cassis.
Palate: Mouth filling elegance has sweeter, dark berry fruit engulfed in mouth caressing tannins. Fine balance of acidity over minerality contributes to harnessing the fruit’s youthfulness.

Ageing Potential

A wine with great depth and complexity which Henry punts as outlasting 20 years.

Blend Information

72% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon

Food Suggestions

Will enhance big flavoured meals, structured and hearty dishes, and any food presenting rich and bold flavours.

In The Vineyard


Vineyard: Stellenbosch
Region: Helderberg ward

Vintage Conditions
2012 was the third dry growing season in a row. That, combined with a cool start to spring, reduced fruit set. January was very hot, followed by cool and dry conditions which allowed sugars to ripen gradually and delayed harvest start. The last grapes were crushed two to three weeks later than usual.

In The Cellar

Maturation: 18 months in tight grain French oak barrels, around 60% in new oak and 20% each in second and third fill barrels. Bottled on 10 February 2014.

Other Vintages

Morgenster Reserve 2013 Henry Kotzé Merlot
Morgenster Reserve 2012 Henry Kotzé Merlot
Morgenster Reserve 2011 Henry Kotzé Merlot
Morgenster Reserve 2010 Henry Kotzé Merlot
Morgenster Reserve 2009 magnum Marius Lategan Cabernet Sauvignon
Morgenster Reserve 2009 Marius Lategan Cabernet Sauvignon
Morgenster Reserve 2008 Marius Lategan Cabernet Sauvignon
Morgenster Reserve 2008 magnum Marius Lategan Cabernet Sauvignon
Morgenster Reserve 2006 Marius Lategan Cabernet Sauvignon
Morgenster Reserve 2006 magnum Marius Lategan Cabernet Sauvignon
Morgenster Reserve 2005 magnum Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Reserve 2005 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Reserve 2004 magnum Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Reserve 2004 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Reserve 2003 magnum Marius Lategan Cabernet Sauvignon
Morgenster Reserve 2003 Marius Lategan Cabernet Sauvignon
Morgenster Reserve 2001 Marius Lategan Merlot
Morgenster Reserve 2000 Marius Lategan Cabernet Sauvignon

Additional Information
Winemaker Henry Kotzé is elated with the Estate’s 2012 Bordeaux flagship blend and its long term potential. A great vintage, maturing vines varying from seven to 18 years old and carefully selected clonal material have let him craft a wine which showcases fruit and the Schapenberg terroir within the Morgenster flagship style developed with winemaker consultant Pierre Lurton of Château Cheval Blanc.

Grapes were derived from vineyard sites with a diversity of soils, from deep decomposed granite to stonier decomposed Table Mountain Sandstone. All components underwent malolactic fermentation in new and second fill 300 litre barrels which enabled early integration of the complicated tannin structure and had a stabilizing effect on the colour.

Already intensely rewarding to nose and palate, Henry says Morgenster Reserve 2012 will be creating memories from now until as far as 20 years into the future.

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