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DMZ Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.5
Residual sugar
2.6
pH
3.49
Acidity
6.6
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With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.
Tasting note

A classic example of fine Stellenbosch Chardonnay, this wine shows stone fruit aromas of nectarine and peach with subtle citrus hints and creamy oak. The palate has bright acidity and limey freshness, but delivers rich texture and a chalky, mineral length.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Alistair Rimmer
Fining Agent
Bentonite
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Yes

Vintage conditions

A mild but wet winter ensured optimal soil conditions moving into the growing season. A relatively cool spring, interspersed with some rain, led to a delayed bud break and in some isolated instances uneven flowering. Some warm weather in January helped alleviate any early season unevenness and the continued moderate weather the farm experienced meant that the harvest was progressing at an even pace and that the winery team was able to give the utmost attention to each parcel arriving at the winery

Vinification details

Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using a combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation. Of the grapes, 25% were left as whole bunch and 75% were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The wine was aged on its lees in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to commence naturally in the barrel fermented portions. After 7 months the various parcels were blended, before being stabilised, lightly filtered and bottled.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.4
Residual sugar
2.8
pH
3.44
Acidity
7.0
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With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.
Tasting note

A classic example of fine Stellenbosch Chardonnay, this wine shows stone fruit aromas of nectarine and peach with subtle citrus hints and creamy oak. The palate has bright acidity and limey freshness, but delivers rich texture and a chalky, mineral length.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Alistair Rimmer
Fining Agent
Bentonite
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Yes

Vintage conditions

A mild but wet winter ensured optimal soil conditions moving into the growing season. A relatively cool spring, interspersed with some rain, led to a delayed bud break and in some isolated instances uneven flowering. Some warm weather in January helped alleviate any early season unevenness and the continued moderate weather the farm experienced meant that the harvest was progressing at an even pace and that the winery team were able to give the utmost attention to each parcel arriving at the winery

Vinification details

Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using a combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation. Of the grapes, 25% were left as whole bunch and 75% were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The wine was aged on its lees in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to commence naturally in the barrel fermented portions. After 7 months the various parcels were blended, before being stabilised, lightly filtered and bottled.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.8
Residual sugar
2.8
pH
3.38
Acidity
6.1
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With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.
Tasting note

This wine shows sweet vanilla and hints of almonds on the nose with a clean tropical fruit finish. Delicate oak supports a rich and full fruit flavour in the mouth with layers of white peach, apricot, grapefruit and vanilla.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation
Partial
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Bentonite
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Yes

Vintage conditions

On the back of a cold and wet winter, the 2020 growing season began very early, with homogenous budburst and even shoot growth. Summer was relatively mild, without the heatwaves often experienced in the Cape. The resultant crop retained high levels of natural acidity and abundant concentration of flavour.

Vinification details

Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using a combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation. Of the grapes, 25% were left as whole bunch and 75% were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The wine was aged on its lees in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to commence naturally in the barrel fermented portions. After 7 months the various parcels were blended, before being stabilised, lightly filtered and bottled.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.0
Residual sugar
3.1
pH
3.40
Acidity
6.2
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With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.
Tasting note

This wine shows sweet vanilla and hints of almonds on the nose with a clean tropical fruit finish. Delicate oak supports a rich and full fruit flavour in the mouth with layers of white peach, apricot, grapefruit and vanilla.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Isinglass, Bentonite
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

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, resulting in some uneven budding. Careful harvesting was necessary to achieve a total pick of optimum ripeness.

Vinification details

Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using a combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation. Of the grapes, 25% were left as whole bunch and 75% were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The wine was aged on its lees in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to commence naturally in the barrel fermented portions. After 7 months, the various parcels were blended, before being stabilised, lightly filtered and bottled.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.7
Residual sugar
2.6
pH
3.47
Acidity
5.5
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With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.
Tasting note

This wine shows sweet vanilla and hints of almonds on the nose with a clean tropical fruit finish. Delicate oak supports a rich and full fruit flavour in the mouth with layers of white peach, apricot, grapefruit and vanilla.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Isinglass, Bentonite
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

Vintage conditions

2018 was a dry vintage in the Cape. Thunder storms in early spring added a lot of nitrogen to the soils resulting in very healthy canopies going into the growing season. The daytime temperatures during the ripening period were cooler than those experienced in the very hot 2016 and 2017 vintages, with relatively cool evenings. Conditions were very dry though, with vine stress management being key to success. Fruit harvesting tended to be very early in 2018, with a focus on bringing fruit into the winery with lower sugar levels and lower pH levels.

Vinification details

Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using a combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation. Of the grapes, 25% were left as whole bunch and 75% were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The wine was aged on its lees in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to commence naturally in the barrel fermented portions. After 7 months, the various parcels were blended, before being stabilised, lightly filtered and bottled.

Awards

Vinous: 92 pts
Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.