Morgenster Balsamic Vinegar

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As an addition to the Morgenster range of gourmet products in the now very distinct dark, square Morgenster bottle bearing the embossed scallop taken from the front gable of the Morgenster Homestead is a Balsamic Vinegar bearing the certification of the “Consorzio Aceto Balsamico Di Modena”. This certification verifies that the Balsamic is produced in Modena, using traditional methods, where it has been made since the Middle Ages. The collaboration between Giulio Bertrand and this Italian family that has made Balsamic for five generations began in late 2007 when Giulio sought a product to pair alongside his Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the tables of the best South African Restaurants; “It will come only from Modena”, he said with conviction and his well-known passion for quality and his heritage. The concentrated must used to make this Balsamic is aged for three years in wooden casks where it intensifies, sweetens and takes on the characteristics of the particular wood used.

Tips

Heating Balsamic will intensify the sweetness and reduce the acidity A teaspoon of Balsamic vinegar will wake up the flavour of any bland soup, stew or sauce A dash of Balsamic vinegar on freshly sliced fruit (especially strawberries) with or without a sprinkling of sugar will enhance the flavours and have you shouting for more.

Serving Suggestions

Balsamic vinegar can be used in Salad dressings, marinades and sauces. It has become extremely fashionable to mix it with Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a dipping sauce; especially good with Italian breads.

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Morgenster Wine Estate at a glance...

Morgenster has received recognition of its commitment to conserve the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom from the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative(BWI), a pioneering conservation partnership with the South African wine industry.

Winemaker Henry Kotzé believes in a minimalistic style of wine making which he says suits the grapes and the area.

Blessed with a superb terroir which seamlessly blends elevation, climate, soil and cooling winds off the nearby Atlantic Ocean, Morgenster’s vineyards are planted mainly to Bordeaux varieties and smaller quantities of Italian cultivars.

In 1992 Giulio Bertrand retired to South Africa from Italy and bought the historic farm Morgenster, which dates back to 1711. Retirement however was to elude him because he became enthused with the potential of the terroir. Never one to set small goals, he determined to plant vines to produce wines that would rival the best of France.

Under Bertrand’s inspiration and energy Morgenster produces two internationally acclaimed Bordeaux style red blends, one label being the flagship Morgenster and the other Lourens River Valley.

Four Bordeaux cultivars are grown on the Estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Estate’s wine consultant is Pierre Lurton, Managing Director of Château Cheval Blanc, a name synonymous with Bordeaux blends. Lurton and his winemaking team work in implementing the Estate’s philosophy of letting the vintage determine the blend, and of making wines which are a true reflection of the Schaapenberg terroir.

Morgenster wines are crafted to age well and many vintages can be enjoyed for 20 years and beyond. Bertrand releases only a portion of each vintage at launch date and keeps the balance in pristine condition in his cellar to be evaluated at six monthly intervals. He then releases the vintages in batches that showcase their progression, providing an unusual offering to private and trade consumers of several vintages of the same label.

The Bordeaux blends of Morgenster are receiving consistent international and local recognition, both at launch date in their youth and for earlier vintages which confirms that they are ageing wonderfully.

Morgenster produces two award winning Bordeaux style red blends, the flagship Morgenster and the estate’s second label, Lourens River Valley. Designed to age well, they are evaluated and released in batches that showcase their progression, providing connoisseurs and visitors to the Estate’s tasting room with an unusual offering of several vintages of the same label.

Four Bordeaux cultivars are grown on the Estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Estate’s wine consultant is Pierre Lurton, Managing Director of Château Cheval Blanc, a name synonymous with Bordeaux blends. Lurton and his winemaking team work with resident winemaker Henry Kotzé and viticulturist Bob Hobson in implementing the Estate’s philosophy of letting the vintage determine the blend, and of making wines which are a true reflection of the Schaapenberg terroir.

Morgenster wines are crafted to age well and many vintages can be enjoyed for 20 years and beyond. Bertrand releases only a portion of each vintage at launch date and keeps the balance in pristine condition in his cellar to be evaluated at six monthly intervals. He then releases the vintages in batches that showcase their progression, providing an unusual offering to private and trade consumers of several vintages of the same label.

The Bordeaux blends of Morgenster are receiving consistent international and local recognition, both at launch date in their youth and for earlier vintages which confirms that they are ageing wonderfully.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday and Public Holidays: 10h00 – 17h00

Closed: Good Friday and 25 December

Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate in Somerset West, 35 minutes from Cape Town, is at the gateway to the Western Cape wine-growing region. It is a thriving olive and wine farm dating back to 1711, producing internationally acclaimed Bordeaux-style wines and extra virgin olive oil of astounding quality.

Visitors to the Estate’s stylish Revel Fox designed tasting room,which is set against the Schaapenberg and overlooks a reed lined dam and the Helderberg, can enjoy a wine tasting experience unique in South Africa. The Estate’s philosophy is to release its red Bordeaux style blends only when they have developed and aged to potential and the cellar therefore houses highly awarded earlier vintages under its Morgenster and Lourens River Valley labels. Visitors can also enjoy Giulio Bertrand’s three Italian Collection wines from his small sangiovese and nebbiolo vineyards and be guided through an olive oil tasting of intriguing complexity.

Morgenster has 50 ha of olive groves where a variety of cultivars are grown for the production of extra virgin olive oil and table olives. These are processed in the historic building which was once the Estate’s wine cellar.

When Italian owner Giulio Bertrand set out to produce olive oil which rivaled the best from Italy he adopted the philosophy of “where there is quality, there is no compromise”. His painstaking implementation of what he calls “The Morgenster System” resulted in the Estate receiving L’Extravergine’s award for “The best Blended Olive Oil in the world 2006” and L’Extravergine’s most prestigious award: “Mill of the year” in 2007. Morgenster’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is regularly acknowledged by important international judging panels. The authoritative annual Flos Olei Guide to the World’s Best Olive Oils has rated Morgenster as being among the world’s top oils for its consistent excellence over the past years.

To achieve this Bertrand started by importing 2 000 olive trees from Italy and propagating them in Morgenster’s nursery. He also established a long-term partnership with Prof. Giuseppe Fontanazza of the Italian Institute of Olive Research, who visits Morgenster during every harvest to ensure that the most up-to-date irrigation, fertilization, pruning, harvesting and processing practices are employed.

Gerrie Duvenage joined Bertrand in 1994. With seven years of research experience with Infruitec in Stellenbosch behind him when he joined Morgenster, he has built on that secure foundation and is recognised as South Africa’s leading expert on all aspects of the olive industry.

Every two years Bertrand invites Dr Luciano Scarselli, the panel leader of the official panel of Tuscany Region, to come to South Africa to run tasting and judging courses of extra virgin olive oil at Morgenster to raise the level of education and expertise locally. South African olive oils now win important international awards, with the country recognised as being among the world’s top olive oil producing nations.

Giulio Bertrand’s vision and energy have resulted in his being acknowledged as the father of the modern olive oil industry in South Africa. In August 2012 he was honoured by the SA Olive Association with a Life Time Achiever trophy for his contribution to the local olive oil industry

Flos Olei, Italy

Flos Olei is an annual Guide first published in 2010 which was the first to deal on an international scale with the world’s best extra virgin olive oils, providing information about the sector, areas of production and individual farms, and directing readers towards quality. Marco Oreggia, one of the world’s leading expert tasters of extra virgin olive oil, is editor and publisher of the volume. A panel of expert tasters under his co-ordination (www.marco-oreggia.com), conducts a strictly controlled tasting, working out of an organoleptic profile.

Flos Olei is a successor to L’Extravergine, an annual Guide last published in 2009 after nine editions, also edited by Marco Oreggia.

2015: 98 points out of a possible 100 – one of only 12 producers in the world to have achieved this top score.
2014: 98 points out of a possible 100 – one of only 11 producers in the world to have achieved this top score.
2013: 97 points out of a possible 100 – Morgenster was one of only seven oils in the world to have achieved this result over four years.
2012: 97 points out of a possible 100
2011: 97 points out of a possible 100
2010: 97 points out of a possible 100

Los Angeles International Olive Awards

This is one of the premier olive oil competitions in the world, bringing together the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in awarding medals to the best oils from around the globe. Northern and southern hemisphere judging is done separately to ensure that international extra virgin olive oils are judged at their freshest and best quality.

2013: Gold Medal
2009: Gold medal
2007: Gold medal
2006: Gold medal
2005: Gold medal
2004: Gold medal
2003: Gold medal

Terra Olivo Israel

The TerraOlivo competition held annually in Jerusalem since 2010 is organized to award the best extra virgin olive oils from all over the world; promote the nutritional benefits of olive oils to consumers; encourage the international market to notice the exceptional qualities of olive oils produced by different countries; promote and make perceptible olive oil markets in the Mediterranean and the rest of the world; increase the international consumption of olive oils.

2011: Prestige Gold medal
2010: Gold medal
2007: Gold medal
2006: Gold medal

SA Olive Awards

2014: Gold medal
2013: Gold medal
2012: Giulio Bertrand was honoured by the SA Olive Association with a Life Time Achiever trophy for his contribution to the local olive oil industry.
2011: Gold medal
2010: Gold medal
2009: Gold medal
2007: Gold medal
2007: Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil in SA
2007: Best table olives in SA
2007: NocellaradelBelice – Gold Medal
2006: Best table olives in SA
2006: Gerrie Duvenage – Achiever of the year award

L’Orciolo d’Oro , Italy

The L’Orciolo d’Oro competition is held annually under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and organised by the Enohobby Club dei Colli Malatestiani with a panel of international tasters. The name refers to a terracotta jar used in the past to store oil. The jars are now awarded as trophies. Morgenster was the first South African extra virgin olive oil to win the L’Orciolo d’Oro award in 1999 when the competition was opened to international producers. Morgenster has subsequently received an award each year it has entered.

2013: Grand Mention
2010: Award winner
2006: Award winner
2005: Award winner
2004: Award winner
2003: Award winner
2002: Award winner
2001: Award winner
2000: Award winner
1999: Award winner

L’Extravergine, Italy

L’Extravergine was an annual Guide to the best certified quality olive oil in the world, last published in 2009 after nine editions, and edited by Marco Oreggia. It was succeeded by Oreggia’s annual Flos Olei Guide.

2007: Morgenster’s Italian born owner Giulio Bertrand went to Rome to accept the international olive oil industry’s most coveted award, L’Extravergine 2007 “Mill of the Year”, in acknowledgement of the worlds’ best olive oil producer.

2006: L’Extravergine judged Morgenster’s extra virgin olive oil to be “The best blended olive oil in the world” out of 3000 entries in an open competition held in Italy.

Sol, Italy

2006: Best blended EVOO in the World Sol, Verona, Italy

Sol is the most important international exhibition dedicated to quality extra virgin olive oil, providing an opportunity for buyers and producers to meet each year.

2004: Gran Menzione Award

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