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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2001

Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2001
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2001

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).


  1. Ah, thanks. I’ll keep the single bottle I have for a few years more, then. The big extraction and alcohol on some of the Morgensters is cause for concern regarding maturation, but I’ve had some older ones that held up nicely (a 1999 LRV some years ago comes to mind). Now: what to do with my 2000 Morgenster (the flagship wine) – has anyone tasted it recently?

  2. Glad you enjoyed that Christian! The 2001 is for sale (and for tasting, thanks to the recently installed Argon dispensing preservation system) @ the tasting room – R139, as well as pretty much every other vintage of the Lourens River Valley and Morgenster, both dating back to 2001. These are also available to taste, once again thanks to technology. The 1999 LRV is really low on volume Kwispedoor, but for the wine connoisseur we dont mind delfing into the stock – R149!
    As to your comments on over extraction on the Morgensters – It was maybe more a winemaking phase at the time. A lot of guys were jumping on the phenolic ripeness wagon. Luckily the type of phenolics we get at Morgenster can take a riper fruit profile, and still stay fine, fresh and elegant. So the impact on maturation is negligible. That “phase” is past I hope, and under my and Pierre’s guidance you can expect only classical elegance from this Estate, something that Morgenster does extremely well.
    PS Kwispedoor – you can expect much of the same from your 2000 MGS. Elegance personified. Beautiful fruit, darker spice, soft velvety tannins still alive. Like Pierre said to me when asking about the complexities of his Cheval Blanc’s, “Elegance comes first then complexity, not the other way around”. So, drink your 2000….and come get another one!

  3. I have been at an olive oil tasting last saturday at the farm, quite a few of us infact,from Magica Roma,
    and i must say that this farm is really well organized and produce good quality olive oil and wine. The tasting was organized very well and very professionally indeed, this is the kind of service we need to attract tourists in this part of the world.

    I think the best wine there was the flagship 2003 which does have, in my view, another 10 years of life at least. Unfortunately its price is very high, and i think the LRV comes in at a more affordable price/quality.


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