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DMZ Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.38

ACIDITY

6.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

7 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

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.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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A lot of work goes into producing this excellent value Chardonnay and it shows in the quality and reliability of the wine.

Tim Atkin MW

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DMZ Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.1 g/L

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

6.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

7 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

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.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss

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DMZ Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.6 g/L

pH

3.47

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

7 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

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.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss

The DMZ range delivers very good and consistent quality across a number of varieties.

Tim Atkin MW

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DMZ Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.6 g/L

pH

3.47

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

2017 was another hot and dry vintage in the Cape. Although the day time temperatures were warm, evening temperatures were much cooler than normal resulting in wines with incredible weight and texture, yet with great acidity and length. The dryness of the season resulted in minimal disease pressure with fruit arriving at the winery in very good condition.

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 8 months, the various parcels were blended, then aged for a further 3 months before being stabilised, lightly filtered and bottled.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts
JamesSuckling.com: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss

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DMZ Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.3 g/L

pH

3.35

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

Early season conditions in 2016 were hot and dry causing an early fruit set and rapid ripening. Chardonnay was carefully monitored to ensure that the fruit was not allowed to overripen and that fruit with good natural acidity was harvested. Fruit quality was clean and healthy, facilitating easy processing at the cellar. Fruit was harvested between 22.5º and 23º balling.

Vinification details

The grapes were handpicked, with bunch selection done in the vineyard. Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using both inoculated and indigenous yeast cultures. 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 8 months, the various parcels were blended, then aged for a further 3 months before being stabilized, lightly filtered and bottled.

Awards

Veritas 2017: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Contact us to discuss

This is an elegantly refreshing, stonefruited Chardonnay with fine lees and oak notes, and a crisp, mouthwatering finish.

Raymond Chan

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DMZ Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.

Enticing vanilla, almond and tropical fruit aromas lead to a lush, concentrated palate. Ripe notes of white peach, grapefruit and apple are tinged with delicate hints of butterscotch, caramel and toast, all backed by a vibrant acidity and a beautiful minerally edge.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months (portion of blend)

SULPHUR

Bound: 90 Free: 30

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

Vintage conditions

Early season conditions in 2015 were hot and dry causing an early fruit set and rapid ripening. Chardonnay was carefully monitored to ensure that the fruit was not allowed to overripen and that fruit with good natural acidity was harvested. Fruit quality was clean and healthy facilitating easy processing at the cellar.

Vinification details

The grapes were handpicked, with bunch selection done in the vineyard. Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using both inoculated and indigenous yeast cultures. 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 8 months, the various parcels were blended, then aged for a further 3 months before being stabilized, lightly filtered and bottled.

Awards

Raymond Chan: 18

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Carl van de Merwe [winemaker] has a sure touch with Chardonnay, whatever the price point.

Tim Atkin MW

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DMZ Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

With the DMZ range, DeMorgenzon aim to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines that over-deliver in terms of quality for price.

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

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.4 g/L

pH

3.28

ACIDITY

6.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

7 months (portion of blend)

SULPHUR

Bound: 90 Free: 30

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

Vintage conditions

2014 was a cooler than normal year with high levels of rainfall in spring and early summer. Higher than normal crop levels were carefully managed to ensure correct balance. Optimally ripe fruit with no raisins were harvested.

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. A small percentage of malolactic fermentation was allowed. After 4 months, the various parcels were blended, then aged for a further 3 months before being stabilized, lightly filtered and bottled.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss