Morgenster releases latest Italian Collection Vintages

Thursday, 18 October, 2012
Morgenster Wines
With Morgenster's Nabucco 2010 and Tosca 2010 in its Italian Collection, winemaker Henry Kotzé has at last released his first reds for the estate.
Morgenster’s prized 1.6 hectares of Nebbiolo and 1.8 hectares of Sangiovese have now produced their seventh crops in pursuit of Italian owner Giulio Bertrand’s goal of making great Italian wines in South Africa from great Italian vines. Bertrand comments that he doesn’t aspire to making wine like the Italians. “The objective has been to understand how the Italian winemakers think and to reach the heart of the grapes. Our Nebbiolo doesn’t follow the style of Barbaresco or Barolo, but its own.”

Nabucco 2010 is 100% Nebbiolo with the hallmark of elegance which befits this Italian varietal. As with all Morgenster’s reds this wine has been built to age well. Considering the excellence of the vintage, its low pH and high acidity, Henry is tipping it as a winner both in the near future as it comes together and in 20 years time. On the nose Nabucco 2010 introduces sweet red and black cherries, rose and lilac notes and hints of ripe tomato and cinnamon spice. The balance between sweet spice and fruit, and a cherry cranberry type tanginess makes for a very thought provoking and appealing palate. R290 ex cellar.

Tosca 2010
Made according to the Super Tuscan model, Tosca 2010 is predominantly Sangiovese (63%) with Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (12%). It has a bright deep red youthful appearance. The fragrance is of cranberries and flowery perfume, roasted tomatoes, cigar box with English toffee, caramel and sweet cinnamon spice. Henry comments that Tosca is loved by the ladies! While the 2010 is drinking well now, he says it will be even better in a few years. R199 ex cellar.

Caruso 2012
Morgenster’s Rosé made from 100% Sangiovese continues to delight and challenge perceptions. Caruso 2012 is a bright pink, offering up typical Sangiovese aromas of pomegranate and watermelon with rich spice. In the mouth it is rich and elegant with a soft velvety feel and the freshness of berries and soft cinnamon spice. R78 ex cellar

The Italian Collection from Morgenster.
The Italian Collection from Morgenster.

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