This wine is a little like Rhys Ifans in The Replacement. Wiry as all heck, but an essential member of your squad. It’s a gloriously faithful expression of what Italian Nebbiolo is meant to be, but with a little more charm, and at one eighth of the price. It may lack a little of the gravitas that a genuine Barolo would afford one, but it is the cheapest school fees you’ll ever pay to be educated on this classic Italian cultivar.
It also happens to be made by probably the leading authority on Italian cultivars, Henry Kotze, who also happens to:
a) make the the award-winning Ayama Vermentino,
b) make the country’s only trousseau bottling, and
c) garnered the title of the Platter Guide’s Newcomer Winery of the Year 2020.
It is the leanest of the Morgenster range, but what it lacks in creature comforts, it makes up for in delightful distinctiveness.
👃🏼 The nose carries notes of lavender, dried rose petals, moist potting soil, cherries.
👄 Such clean cherry fruit, with subtle sweeter cassis references. Laser like acidity, fine but firm tannins, given the variety. Spice on the tail.
🔬 This Platter 4-star bottling takes it’s fruit from Morgenster Estate in the Helderberg. The wine spent 18 months in oak. 5% new oak.
💸💸 ZAR155.00 (as of January 2021)