Morgenhof Estate is situated on the fertile slopes of the Simonsberg mountain range in Stellenbosch. Historically a wine estate since 1692, they can trace the rich winemaking history of the estate back to the original French Huguenots. At Morgenhof the vineyards are farmed as ‘dry land’, which result in smaller yields and superior concentration of fruit in the berries.
Morgenhof Sauvignon Blanc is consistent in quality throughout the years. It is a typical Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc, which is very pleasing and well-balanced.
The grapes for this wine were brought into the cellar in the early morning while it is still cool. De-stalking commences with a crusher and the pulp is allowed skin contact for 6- 12 hours prior to pressing to enhance flavour extraction. After pressing, the juice is left for 48 hours to settle. The clear juice is fermented and the filtered lees kept to the side to ferment on its own. Half of the Sauvignon Blanc juice is fermented with wild (natural) yeasts whereas the other half is fermented with commercial yeast strains. A Bucher Pneumatic press was used and 100% stainless steel tanks with cooling jackets control and maintain the fermentation temperature between 9-11 °C. There was no malolactic fermentation.
The nose displays an array of tropical fruit notes reminding of lychee, limes, passion fruit and guava. The wine also exhibits a tangy-savoury component reminiscent of the sea breezes that influence the climate. A truly delicious wine with crispness on the palate lingering into a pleasant finish.