The Italian Collection reds from Morgenster in Somerset West are just as suave as owner Giulio Bertrand (himself originally of Italy) but I kinda wish they had just a little more mafia muscle about them.
Tosca 2009 is a blend of 74% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It shows red fruit and floral fragrance on the nose while appearing medium bodied with soft acidity and fine tannins on the palate. It’s dead sexy and enjoyable right now but I’m not sure it has the gravitas to warrant its R199-a-bottle price tag (score: 15/20).
Nabucco 2009 from 100% Nebbiolo is a more demanding proposition as it should be at R290 a bottle. There’s dark fruit and a hint of toasty oak on the nose before a palate which is rich and full but balanced by a good line of acidity while a mild bitterness on the finish lends interest (score: 16/20).