Stephen Tanzer 2011: 94 points
The Wine Advocate 2011: 93 points
Platter Guide 2009: 5 stars
Colour: Deep, concentrated burgundy red; reminiscent of heavy velvet drapes.
Nose:The first impression is clearly a lovely, rich dark chocolate with attractive spicy support. There are nuances of black cherries, black berries and ripe plums.
Palate:Slightly candy-coated tannins that create the impression of the interaction between fruit, acid and tannin. The black cherries on the nose come through to the palate as cherry kernels; marzipan and stone fruit. The finish is impressively long.
This wine will be at its finest in 4-7 years and at least 20 years beyond.
86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon
Morgenster 2005 seeks a combination with game and red meats whether roast, grilled or braised; think pot roasts with creamy brown sauces! Mmmmm!
In The Vineyard
One of those strange vintages; short early and particularly challenging but despite the taxing nature of the harvest it produced exceptional quality.
Region: Helderberg ward
In The Cellar
100% barrel maturation in 300 litre oak from French coopers, for 15 months. 75% new and 25% 2nd fill.
Morgenster's pursuit of excellence in the flagship blend, continues unabated with 2005 being the 5th release of the Morgenster.