Morgenster Italian Collection Caruso Rosé 2010

November 1, 2010
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 0 Comments
The reason Sofia's is called Sofia's.

The reason Sofia's is called Sofia's.

On Friday, lunch at Sofia’s at Morgenster on wine and olive estate Morgenster in Somerset West, the new restaurant named after famous Italian actress Sophia Loren, here her name spelt the Italian way. In the kitchen is Craig Cormack, until now business partner in a catering company with Bertus Basson, the chef at Overture restaurant on Stellenbosch property Hidden Valley and the food could be termed trattoria-style with a modern twist.

To start, an aubergine samoosa with hummus and tomato terrine paired with Morgenster Italian Collection Tosca 2008 (price per bottle from the tasting room: R199 a bottle). The wine, a blend of 58% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, came across as quite rich and ripe, and went well enough with the earthy flavours of the food but could easily match a more hearty, meaty dish.

Main course was braised lamb loin and mash paired with the Morgenster 2006 (a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in almost equal proportions: R290 a bottle). On its own, the wine is opulent with dense fruit and smooth tannins (it rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2010, 2½ Stars in the September issue of Wine magazine with the truth probably somewhere in between) but appeared less over-worked with this unpretentious, flavoursome dish.

Highlight of the meal was the dessert which was a strawberry mousse with seasonal berries, pink peppercorns and balsamico with Morgenster Italian Collection Caruso 2010, a Rosé made from Sangiovese. The spicy, savoury elements of the dessert intensified the fruit of the wine, which is in any event one of the country’s more serious-minded pinks (R78 a bottle).

The grub at Sofia’s is honest and and not overly complicated, the service still a little nervous and unpractised. It will be open for lunch Monday to Sunday, except for Tuesday and for dinner on Wednesday and Saturday. Two courses will cost R150 a head and three courses R210.

Tagged , , , , , ,

Share this post

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

SHOP ONLINE
winemag-storm
ADVERTISING
ADVERTISING
HOT AND HAPPENING
AEC v1.0.4
  • October 20, 2017Wine on the River
  • October 24, 2017Veritas Tasting
  • October 25, 2017RMB WineX
AEC v1.0.4
ADVERTISING
newlstter2 Get the biggest stories of the past fortnight sent directly to your inbox. subscribe
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
ADVERTISING
BE SAFE

Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 & now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with SA fine wine.

XSLT Plugin by Leo Jiang