Morgenster The Reserve 2016

By , 18 December 2023

The challenges posed by the drought in the second half of the last decade for wine producers are well documented, 2016 the vintage perhaps most blighted. Somerset West property Morgenster, however, seems to have negotiated any lack of water well enough, its top-end wine from that year now coming to market at R645 a bottle.

Consisting of 44% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 15% Petit Verdot, it was matured for 18 months in oak, 60% new. Complex aromatics of red and black berries, olive, oystershell, dried herbs and undergrowth while the palate is full bodied with bright acidity, tannins already quite far resolved, the finish gently savoury. Classy and understated. Alc: 14.5%.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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