Morgenster Red Blend 2005

Morgenster Red Blend 2005

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The vivacious 2005 Proprietary Red is a blend of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, raised for 12 months in 75% new oak. It has a more introverted nose at present, but it is well defined with subtle mint and cedar aromas. The palate is crisp and fleshy with deft touches of red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, lingering beautifully in the mouth and there is a gentle but persistent grip on the finish. Drink 2012-2018.

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Accolades
Platter Guide: 5 stars
Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: 93 points

Tasting Notes
Colour: Deep, concentrated burgundy red; reminiscent of heavy velvet drapes.
Nose:The first impression is clearly a lovely, rich dark chocolate with attractive spicy support. There are nuances of black cherries, black berries and ripe plums.

Palate:Slightly candy-coated tannins that create the impression of the interaction between fruit, acid and tannin. The black cherries on the nose come through to the palate as cherry kernels; marzipan and stone fruit. The finish is impressively long.

Ageing Potential
This wine will be at its finest in 4-7 years and at least 20 years beyond.

Blend Information
86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon

Food Suggestions
Morgenster 2005 seeks a combination with game and red meats whether roast, grilled or braised; think pot roasts with creamy brown sauces! Mmmmm!

In The Vineyard
One of those strange vintages; short early and particularly challenging but despite the taxing nature of the harvest it produced exceptional quality.

Vineyard: Stellenbosch
Region: Helderberg ward
In The Cellar
100% barrel maturation in 300 litre oak from French coopers, for 15 months. 75% new and 25% 2nd fill.

Morgenster’s pursuit of excellence in the flagship blend, continues unabated with 2005 being the 5th release of the Morgenster.

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