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Maestro White, DeMorgenzon

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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.2
Residual sugar
2.3
pH
3.47
Acidity
5.2
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Named in honour of the Baroque music DeMorgenzon pipe to their vines, Maestro White is a Rhône-style blend of white grapes.
Tasting note

The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering aftertaste. A blend of 48% Roussanne, 21% Chenin Blanc, 9% Chardonnay, 9% Viognier, 9% Marsanne and 4% Grenache Blanc.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
White Blend
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Isinglass
Closure
Cork
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. 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

Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre-chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months. A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.

AWARDS

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
Vinous: 91 pts

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.3
Residual sugar
3.0
pH
3.49
Acidity
5.1
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Named in honour of the Baroque music DeMorgenzon pipe to their vines, Maestro White is a Rhône-style blend of white grapes.
Tasting note

The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering aftertaste. A blend of 38% Roussanne, 26% Chenin Blanc, 22% Grenache Blanc, 8% Viognier and 6% Marsanne.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
White Blend
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Isinglass
Closure
Cork
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

Vintage conditions

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

Vinification details

Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre-chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months. A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.

AWARDS

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts;
Vinous: 91 pts

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.5
Residual sugar
3.0
pH
3.49
Acidity
5.1
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Named in honour of the Baroque music DeMorgenzon pipe to their vines, Maestro White is a Rhône-style blend of white grapes.
Tasting note

The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering aftertaste. A blend of 25% Roussanne, 24% Chenin Blanc, 23% Grenache Blanc, 14% Chardonnay and 14% Viognier.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
White Blend
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Isinglass
Closure
Cork
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

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

Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre-chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months. A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.0
Residual sugar
3.3
pH
3.38
Acidity
5.6
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Named in honour of the Baroque music DeMorgenzon pipe to their vines, Maestro White is a Rhône-style blend of white grapes.
Tasting note

The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering aftertaste. A blend of 32% Roussanne, 23% Chardonnay, 23% Chenin Blanc, 15% Viognier and 7% Grenache Blanc.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
White Blend
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Fining Agent
Isinglass
Closure
Cork
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

Vintage conditions

2016 was an exceptionally early vintage with grapes ripening quickly. Warm evening temperatures necessitated an early harvest to ensure fruit with sufficient natural acidity.

Vinification details

Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre-chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months. A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.0
Residual sugar
2.7
pH
3.30
Acidity
5.3
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Named in honour of the Baroque music DeMorgenzon pipe to their vines, Maestro White is a Rhône-style blend of white grapes.
Tasting note

The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering aftertaste. In 2015 it is a blend of 29% Roussanne, 23% Chardonnay, 22% Chenin Blanc, 18% Grenache Blanc and 8% Viognier.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
White Blend
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Milk, Isinglass
Closure
Cork
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

Vintage conditions

2015 was an exceptionally early vintage with grapes ripening quickly. Cool evening temperatures ensured the maintenance of natural acids and low pH levels. Fruit was healthy with minimal disease pressure.

Vinification details

Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months. A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.