Morgenster, the Somerset West property established by Italian businessman Giulio Bertrand in the 1990s, has increased its collection of Italian-inspired wines to four, the clean and fresh but not particularly complex Vespri Vermentino 2017 (R120 a bottle) launched yesterday, the other wines currently available being Caruso 2017 (a rosé from Sangiovese at R106 a bottle), Tosca 2014 (a blend of 75% Sangiovese, 12.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12.5% Merlot at R227 a bottle) and Nabucco 2014 (from Nebbiolo at R338 a bottle).
The stand-out wine is the Nabucco 2014. Matured for 18 months in French oak, 5% of which was new, the nose shows red cherry and blood orange plus herbs, spice and earth. The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity, firm but fine tannins making for a particularly dry finish.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
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