Morgenster 2010 reaps Novare SA Terroir Award

Friday, 9 August, 2013
Morgenster 2010 Red Blend received the Novare SA Terroir 2013 Wine Award for the Top Red Blend in the Stellenbosch District and was one of the Top 5 Estate Wines in the competition.

Morgenster’s 2010 flagship red Bordeaux blend was winemaker Henry Kotzé’s first for the Estate. It was made in Morgenster’s minimalistic style which lets the fruit to do the talking and makes the wine a true reflection of the terroir.

This was recognised at a function on 30 July in Paarl for the 2013 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards which named Morgenster 2010 the Top Red Blend in the Stellenbosch District and one of the top 5 Estate Wines in the competition.

Morgenster 2010 shows youthful vibrancy with beautiful natural acidity. Already well integrated with complexity beyond its years and velvety smooth fine tannins, it exhibits a pleasing grip coming from the sturdy Schaapenberg terroir. The 2010 blend contains 48% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet franc and 7% Petit Verdot. According to Kotzé the result is a wine to remember from an outstanding vintage and he tips it to go beyond 20 years.

Since Morgenster believes in selling wines that have had the benefit of ageing it has only released around 5% of the 2010 vintage. The balance will mature and develop in the cellar before being released onto the market after having had the benefit of ageing.

The Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards were designed to honour the wines which truly portray South Africa's different wine growing areas. Kotzé says that the competition is a good fit for Morgenster’s terroir driven wines, which showcase what can be achieved with grape and ground in any given vintage.