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It was a great pleasure for me to hear that my Morgenster Reserve 2008 won a gold medal at the UK Sommelier Wine Awards 2017. This is the competition that is judged by leading sommeliers and on-trade wine buyers. When Morgenster Reserve 2003 won gold and the overall Wine of the Year award at last year's Sommelier Wine Awards, our UK importer, Enotria & Coe, saw a huge rise in the sales of our wines. They say that because Morgenster Reserve 2008 is a first entry into the UK market, its gold medal this year is a good sign for the vintage and the Estate. We are happy!

JamesSuckling.com set up a one-day, private tasting of more than 150 recent releases during the annual Wines of South Africa (WOSA) trade event in Hong Kong this April. In a release published at the beginning of August by Jack Suckling, Tasting Editor to JamesSuckling.com, it was revealed that Morgenster Reserve 2011 received 94 points and Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2011 received 92 points. www.jamessuckling.com/wine-tasting-reports/south-african-wines-turning-corner I will let Henry share the JamesSuckling.com tasting notes with you below.

We are busy with vineyard preparation on the farm. This is the third year that we have an Italian expert from Simonit & Sirch training our staff in their vine pruning techniques. This type of pruning prolongs the life of the vineyards and enhances growth and quality and our staff get certificates indicating their upgraded skills.

Our team has just presented the latest releases of our Bordeaux, Italian and single varietal wines to the trade and media in Johannesburg and Pretoria, important markets for us (see some pictures below). It was good to see their appreciation of what we are achieving with our wines. They also enjoyed a tasting of our new season's olive oil from our new Pieralisi press. Fantastic!




As well as being well into pruning, our preparation of 4.5 hectares of new vineyards is almost complete. By around the end of August we will be putting in Vermentino, extra Nebbiolo and Sangiovese varieties, and Semillon. Watch this space in four years' time!

I was interested to read the August 2017 JamesSuckling.com tasting note for Morgenster Reserve 2011 which was rated 94 points: "Structured and firm red with currant, berry, dark chocolate and spice character. Hints of sweet tobacco. Full body, yet tight and precise. Long and flavorful. Beautiful now but will improve in the future. A blend of merlot, cabernet and petit verdot".

Its tasting note for Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2011 (rated 92) says: "This is a fascinating red with bright berry character and lots of stone, tile and rust undertones. Full body, yet tight and polished tannins give it form and focus. Delicious now but better after 2019. A blend of cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot".



While our new harvest olive oil rests in the settling tanks, we have an expert from Italy training our staff in olive grove pruning techniques. It is part of our strategy to bring the best knowledge in the world to Morgenster to help us to improve the quality of our olive oil production even more.



Michelle Cronje of AfroBoer Pretoria shared this delicious Beetroot, Gorgonzola and Walnut Tart. She enjoyed it with Morgenster Sangiovese!


Tel: +27.218521738
Fax: +27.218520835
Email: info@morgenster.co.za 
Website: www.morgenster.co.za 
P.O. Box 1616, Somerset West, 7129, South Africa
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