Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate in Somerset West. Late owner Giulio Bertrand releases these wines in batches only after they have had the benefit of ageing in pristine conditions. Having started this practice in 2000, he can offer his markets volume and continuity in unique vertical collections. (The passing of Giulio Bertrand on the 20th of May 2018 is a great loss for the wine industry. My condolences to the family.)
I had the privilege to attend the launch of eight wines, four being the Bordeaux and Italian reds, plus an existing newbie: The Estate’s first bubble, Morgenster Cuvée Alessandra 2016 which is Cabernet Franc based.
Cellar Master Henry Kotzé took us through the tasting of the eight wines. Starting with their new Bubbly the only Cabernet Franc based bubbly.
The rest of the wines was, Morgenster Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Morgenster Caruso 2108, White Reserve 2015, Tosca 2015, Lourens River Valley 2014, Nabucco 2015 and the Estate Reserve 2014.
All of them was exquisite. The one that really stood out for me was the Tosca and I am choosing this wonderful wine as my wine of the month of May. This wine took me back to Italy straight away. I am in love…….
Bertrand’s belief that great Italian wine can be made in the Italian manner from great imported Italian clones on Morgenster is increasingly being recognized internationally. This is his ninth wine made in the Super Tuscan style of primarily Sangiovese (80%) blended with noble Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), and Cabernet Franc (5%). It is the second red in the Estate’s Italian Collection, and age-ability is a cornerstone. Wile cellar master henry Kotzé says while it is delicious now, Tosca 2015 is only starting on its path of evolution.