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MICHAEL GREEN’S WINE NOTES #155 (article first published : 2006-08-5)

Moreson, a picturesque 17-hectare farm on the banks of the Franschhoek River, five kilometres downstream from the village of Franschhoek, has over the past decade become one of the Cape’s most consistent producers of premium wines.

I don’t think I have ever tasted an indifferent wine from a bottle bearing Moreson’s dignified label. Moreson means morning sun, and the farm was so named because it was the first place in the valley to catch the morning sunlight. The name goes back a long way. Moreson was part of La Motte, one of the farms granted to the French Huguenots in 1695 by the governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel.

In the modern era the farm has produced wine since 1994 and now turns out 18,000 cases a year, 55 percent of it white, 40 percent red, plus a rose and two sparkling wines.

Moreson has recently received international awards for its two flagship wines: Magia, a Bordeaux-style red, and Premium Chardonnay. The Moreson Magia 2002 won one of only 13 gold medals at the 2005 Wine for Asia Expo held in Singapore late last year, at which there were 425 exhibitors from 22 countries. The unusual name Magia comes from a Bulgarian taster at an international wine show who declared it “magia”, magical.

The Moreson Premium Chardonnay 2004 won one of 60 gold medals at the Chardonnay-du-Monde competition held in Burgundy, France. Chardonnays from 936 wineries were entered from 37 countries.

These wines are available locally. The Magia is the classic Bordeaux red blend: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. The wine was matured in oak barrels for two years and should be at its peak in the next couple of years. It has a slightly mushroom vegetative aroma and on the palate it is velvety with cinnamon, vanilla and liquorice flavours. A beautifully balanced wine and a big mouthful at 14 percent alcohol.

The Premium Chardonnay is a bright greenish-yellow colour and has a complex aroma and taste involving lime, pear, apricot, almonds. Like the Magia, it will go well with most foods but it is a strong enough wine to accompany spicy dishes and curries. This too is 14 percent alcohol.

Predictably enough, these wines are not inexpensive. The Magia is about R115 a bottle and the Premium Chardonnay about R65. Bring them out on a special occasion.

The Moreson range consists of about ten wines, all of them highly rated. The farm also produces a range of less grand and less expensive, but highly palatable, wines called Pinehurst.

If you are in the Western Cape the farm is well worth a visit. It is about 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, is open for tastings and sales and has a modern country cuisine restaurant called Bread and Wine. Phone 021 876 3055. – Michael Green




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