Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2003 magnum

Colour: Deep ruby-red. 
Nose: Extremely elegant aromas of ripe red fruits, plum, cinnamon, liquorice, blond tobacco and a strong, mineral streak. 
Palate: Silky sweet in the mouth, with beautiful ripe fruit that's still young and wound tight. The finish is 'text book' fine-grain tannins and superb subtle persistence. Give this wine some special treatment by decanting it about an hour prior to serving and it will reward your efforts by emphasising these characteristics.

Rich, but simple uncomplicated Italian traditions; think Wild mushrooms and truffle oil, basil and rocket salad with gorgonzola, roast lamb with olives and black olive paste, rosemary and garlic, ostrich, duck and game bird ...

variety : Merlot [ 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc ]
winemaker : Marius Lategan
wine of origin : 
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.4 g/l  pH : 3.58  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Cork  

The Best Wine in Japan Competition (Connoisseurs Category) 2013: Platinum
The Best Wine in Japan Competition (Professional Category) 2013: Gold
American Wine & Spirit Wholesaler Competition 2010: Gold
Platter Guide 2007: 4½ stars 
Classic Wine Trophy 2007: Gold
chaelangelo Wine Awards 2006: GoldSteve Tanzer 2007: 90 points
Classic Wine Trophy 2007: GoldAmerican Wine & Spirit Wholesaler Competition 2010: Gold
Michaelangelo Wine Awards 2006: Gold

ageing : Still has lots of length. It was a premium vintage with perfect condition allowing the wine to develop nicely over the next 7 years.

in the vineyard : An outstanding vintage offering concentrated, structured and generous reds. Even growth and ripening resulted in ripe tannin structure and good skin concentration.

Vineyards: Stellenbosch
Region: Helderberg ward

in the cellar : 100% barrel matured in 300 litre oak, from French coopers for 13 months.

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