Morgenster | Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Morgenster Estate was bought by Italian Giulio Bertrand in 1992 with a dual vision: to make the best Bordeaux-style wine outside France and the best Italian-style olive oil outside Italy. For the wine, Giulio had the requisite shale soils, cool breezes and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and in Château Cheval Blanc's Pierre Lurton, he found the expertise and experience he also needed in the winemaking department.
The result is the perfect marriage of South African and French know-how, to which Giulio has added his own twist, only releasing a portion of each vintage on launch. The rest is kept, evaluated every six months and released in batches, allowing customers the opportunity to buy several vintages of the same wine.