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Chenin Blanc Method Cap Classique, DeMorgenzon

DeMorgenzon
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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
12.6
Residual sugar
3.5
pH
3.33
Acidity
7.5
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DeMorgenzon's Method Cap Classique is a non-vintage and makes use of blending different base wines to maintain consistency in the final product.
Tasting note

Honey, white peach and hints of pineapple are complemented by savoury notes of roasted almond and toasted brioche. A fine mousse and refreshing acidity provide a remarkably refreshing drinking experience.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chenin Blanc
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Isinglass
Closure
Muselet cage
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Blank

Vintage conditions

2019 was a cooler vintage than the previous hot and dry years. Whilst the vineyards benefited from decent winter rainfall there were some latent stress effects from the previous year’s drought conditions. This resulted in some uneven budding and careful harvesting was necessary to achieve a total pick of optimum ripeness. Cool conditions during the early part of the ripening resulted in high acidities and low pH, resulting in wines that are fresh, precise and bright.

Vinification details

Chenin Blanc grapes are handpicked and harvested for freshness and acidity at between 19.5º and 20.5º Balling. Grapes are pre-cooled and then whole bunch-pressed with the juice allowed to settle naturally. Half of the wine is naturally fermented in stainless steel tank, with fermentation being stopped to retain a certain percentage of the grapes own sugar. The barrel fermented portion is allowed to ferment naturally to dryness with periodic battonage of the lees throughout the ageing process of 10 months. Base wine components are then blended, bottled and refermented in bottle, followed by a minimum ageing of 18 months before disgorgement. Residual sugar of the disgorged wine is adjusted from time to time to maintain a final bottled residual sugar of between 3 and 5 g/l. This adjustment is done with a “Late Harvest” style of Chenin Blanc which is fermented and aged in French oak casks.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
12.5
Residual sugar
6.2
pH
3.14
Acidity
7.9
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DeMorgenzon's Method Cap Classique is a non-vintage and makes use of blending different base wines to maintain consistency in the final product.
Tasting note

Honey, white peach and hints of pineapple are complemented by savoury notes of roasted almond and toasted brioche. A fine mousse and refreshing acidity provide a remarkably refreshing drinking experience.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chenin Blanc
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Isinglass
Closure
Muselet cage
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Blank

Vineyard information

DeMorgenzon is renowned for producing world class Chenin Blanc. Cool ripening conditions and deep granite-based soils result in crisp and textured wines. Vineyards destined for MCC are managed specifically to provide good sun exposure to grapes that are being picked earlier than usual.

Vinification details

The grapes were handpicked and harvested for freshness and acidity at between 18.5º and 19.5º Balling. Grapes are pre-cooled and then whole bunch-pressed with the juice allowed to settle naturally. Half of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and the other half in older French oak barrels. The wine was aged without S02 for 5 months and on the lees for a total of 11 months before the base wine was prepared for bottling. The wine was further aged in the bottle on second ferment lees for 18 months. Final dosage is done with a ‘late harvest’ style of Chenin Blanc which is fermented and aged in French oak casks.