A welcome newcomer was released at Morgenster estate last month when Giulio Bertrand and his team presented the maiden Vespri 2017 to media and friends at his hillside tasting pavilion.
The first white in his Italian opera-themed collection, Vespri is produced from Vermentino grapes, a Sardinian cultivar that is starting to make an appearance at the Cape, although Morgenster’s vineyard is still in its infancy.
Named for Verdi’s opera VespriSiciliani , the new addition is bright lemon in hue in spite of its youth. It is fresh and dry with notes of flint to balance stone fruit flavours on the palate, moderate alcohol levels reflecting current tastes, Above all this, like nearly all Italian labels, is a wine made for food, to complement summer fare of seafood, salads and antipasti. It is the ideal partner to festive tables of al fresco Mediterranean dishes, lingered over at long tables in deep shade.
Vespri is a lightweight companion to Tosca, Nabucco and Caruso, rounding off the two reds – former of Sangiovese with Bordeaux blends and with Nabucco starring Nebbiolo - along with Caruso, a rosé of Sangiovese. Now there is a quartet that can elevate every culinary occasion.
Vespri costs R120 from the farm and their online shop http://morgenster.co.za/ and is also available from selected retailers.