Lourens River Valley 2001 from Morgenster is a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The individual varieties were aged per clone for 15 months in French oak, 100% new and once blended, the wine was returned to barrels for a further 45 days for integration.
Was offered the last bottle off the Magica Roma winelist yesterday. Nine years after vintage, would it still be holding up? Dark fruit, fresh acidity, fine tannins, still primary. Medium bodied and very elegant, an indication that that Pierre Lurton chappie from Cheval Blanc who is consultant at this property on the outskirts of Somerset West knows a thing or two.
What made the drinking even sweeter was that the wine was a mere R210 a bottle (vs. the current release 2006 at R128 from the farm).