The Widow Maker was recently featured in Crush Mag, paired with a delicious recipe. We highly recommend you take their advice and try out our our award winning Pinotage paired with some homemade Cumin and Cinnamon Spiced Chocolate Truffles.
This is what they said:
"Môreson Pinotage is a rich, heavy red wine. It is also considered one of the Top 10 Pinotage wines in South Africa. You can expect a bold-on-fruit wine with well-integrated plum and oak tannins. The Môreson Pinotage is smooth and elegant on the palate with a slight mocha bouquet."
Good news lovers of wine and charcuterie. We are running a special this weekend in celebration of Heritage Day.
Get your paws on our Widow Maker Pinotage 2014 paired with handcrafted charcuterie by Neil Jewell
Neil has come up with a specially crafted biltong-style charcuterie made from pork. We've tasted it together with the Widow Maker - and can attest that the match is sublime!
*R300 gets you this match made in heaven
Come join us for The Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 16 and 17 September 2017.
Sample new releases wines and more as you travel from farm to farm throughout the weekend. We have a few surprises up our sleeve...
The Franschhoek Uncorked Pass is valid for the entire weekend and costs R150 per person through www.webtickets.co.za. Your pass includes entry to the participating farms, a complimentary tasting glass and tastings of the wines on show.
Getting hitched soon? Come and join us for an MCC tasting before your big day, we have a few delicious bubblies to choose from. Bring your bridesmaids, groomsmen, weddingpersons - whomever you like.
A vineyard toast to MKM 2015 for ranking in the The Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards! No mean feat in an industry offering plenty of superlative pinotage producers. Well done to our winemaking team!
“I was brought up in a close knit and fairly Afrikaans family where Vetkoekpaleis, Noot Vir Noot and Sunday family braais were all a weekly ritual. When I was 15 my family was given the option to move to Europe and the world opened its doors to me. I lived in Germany and Holland for a total of 15 years where I completed high school. I then went on to study numerous subjects such as Tourism/Leisure Management/Ornithology but I couldn't seem to find direction. When I wasn’t studying I was traveling all over the world from Asia and throughout Europe turning my passport into an atlas. I soaked up the local culture and language in every country we lived in and I became very good at adapting to my surroundings. Europe was a wonderful experience but it was time to return back to my home country. Not long after my return I met my wife Samantha, and that was love at first coffee. At that time she was working for a winery and somehow her passion for wine rubbed off on me. I gradually started to grow in knowledge by studying and my personal favourite, drinking wine or as we call it “research”. My wine career path flourished as I worked for some great wineries that served as stepping-stones to finding a home at Môreson.”
Tell us something people would be surprised to hear about you?
I guess it might come as a surprise to some that I am fully South African although I have a German/Dutch/American pavement special way of pronouncing things. It does seem to baffle our guests and has started a few bets at tables. I actually have exactly the same birth date as my boss and we are going to have twins soon, …what are the chances of that! (GM Nikki Friedman is also a mother to twins).
Your favourite wine in the Moreson range?
This question is always difficult—but for me the wine that is not on any list is normally one that I remember. The FYM, MKM and Fudge makes my heart melt!
What do you like most about working in wine?
It is always exciting working with people as you never know who will walk through the door next.
Other than wine - what do you get up to in your spare time?
What is spare time? In my spare time we like to visit interesting wine estates and restaurants. If I get a minute to slip away and find my golf clubs, I visit the driving range. We like to relax, braai and follow some addictive series on TV.
Favourite part of the Môreson farm?
There are two ways to look at my favourite parts of the farm: People, we are all a big family on the estate working to achieve the same goal. And my favourite spot on the estate – other than the tasting room is the smell of the Chardonnay cellar, but my favourite place on the farm is outside in-between the vines.
In the winter of 1988, I experienced what it was like to attend school in regulatory school uniform short pants. Just a few months before I had enrolled in what was then known as Sub A (Grade 1) at Dale College Boys Primary School. Wearing short pants during an Eastern Cape winter is extremely unpleasant especially when you are young enough to have a body fat percentage close to zero percent.
Approximately 1100 km away and occurring at the same time I was experiencing “frost burn” in my legs, a new vine cultivar was being introduced to Môreson Wines.
At the time, Môreson Wines had been planted to cultivars such as Steen (Chenin blanc), Sauvignon blanc, Colombard and SA Riesling. The oldest vineyard, sadly not around anymore was a 3.58 hectare vineyard of Chenin blanc planted in 1968. Most if not all of these vineyards were planted to supply the local Franschhoek wine cooperative with grapes as per our agreed quota.
During the winter of 1988, 2.42 hectares of prime soil location was being prepared for the arrival of the new Chardonnay CY 277 cuttings. Chardonnay was a relatively new wine grape cultivar in South Africa with the first certified plantings only taking place in the early 80’s.
The new Chardonnay vineyard being planted on Moreson that year was momentous for two reasons:
In 1998, Moreson had decided to become a private estate producer opting to plant Chardonnay for Cap Classique production.
In 2017, Moreson only grows Chardonnay on the estate opting to produce a variety of styles from a vast array of clones.
Whether we knew it or not, 1988 was the start of Moreson’s journey into Chardonnay production. The new vineyard was planted and named B7 designating Blois 7, Blois being the name of the subdivided section that comprises Moreson Wines.
For 25 years, this vineyard provided the base wine for the former Moreson Blanc de blancs and today the Moreson Solitaire Blanc de blancs. Up until 2014, B7 was the majority component of our Solitaire blend. The maturity of the vines produced grapes that were ideal for Cap Classique production displaying raw minerality (stony, steely, flint & chalk)
Sadly, the vineyard were infected with leaf roll virus and in all likelihood was infected with the virus at the time of planting. Clean and certified planting material was a misnomer in the early years and through time, the virus began to infect the vineyards. Since my arrival at Moreson Wines in 2007, we continued to produce base wine from B7. The effects of the virus had not taken its grip fully as yet and we were content with the quality of the final base product. As time progressed, we started noticing a gradual decline in the quality of the wines. Each year, the effect of this gradually increased. As a counter measure, we improved our pressing techniques by fractioning off small percentages of the Cuveé juice (first pressing) and kept this separate until it was time for blending.
By 2014, we had exhausted our pressing tactics and could not with a clear conscience continue to utilise B7 inside the Solitaire blend.
At Moreson Wines, we have a zero tolerance on compromising grape and wine quality. The 2014 vintage was the last vintage to have wine from B7 in the final blend. It was also the year that we started to introduce our new vineyard M03, planted in 2008 into the Solitaire blend.
Between 2015 and 2017, we reluctantly discussed the removal of B7. The vineyard was almost completely infected with virus and concerns of the virus spreading was a real issue.
This winter, exactly 30 years on we removed B7. It will be remembered as the vineyard which established our journey into Chardonnay.
The land which B7 was planted will lie fallow for the next two years. A new still wine clone of Chardonnay is currently being investigated for suitability in this area with planting commencing in winter of 2019, perhaps another significant milestone year for Moreson Wines.