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I am not sure winemaker Carl van der Merwe has ever made a Chardonnay as good as this.

Vinous

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Reserve Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

DeMorgenzon's Chardonnay vineyards benefit from cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off nearby False Bay.

Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade; a backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.3 g/L

pH

3.35

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

2018 was a 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 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 and pH levels.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels (30% new) with minimal settling, where fermentation occurred naturally. About 70% of the volume completed malolactic fermentation during an 10-month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilisation and clarified without filtration.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 96 pts
DWWA: Gold
Vinous: 95 pts
Platter: 4.5*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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... the palate is flinty, nutty and citrus edged, with underlying peach and nectarine flavours and pithy, refreshing acidity.

Tim Atkin MW

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Reserve Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

DeMorgenzon's Chardonnay vineyards benefit from cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off nearby False Bay.

Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade; a backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.9 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.1 g/L

pH

3.36

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

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. The grapes were handpicked and selected in the early morning at between 22º and 23º balling.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels (30% new) with minimal settling, where fermentation occurred naturally. About 70% of the volume completed malolactic fermentation during an 10-month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilisation and clarified without filtration.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
DWWA 2018: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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This is irresistible. The palate is well balanced, very expressive with a superb line of acidity. This is an exuberant Chardonnay that barely knows what to do with all that nascent energy.

Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

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Reserve Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

DeMorgenzon's Chardonnay vineyards benefit from cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off nearby False Bay.

Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade; a backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.33

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

January 2016

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months

SULPHUR

Total: 133 Free: 40

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

2016 was a very early season with early flowering dates followed by rapid ripening in the early part of the summer. Weather conditions during the ripening period of the Chardonnay were cool to begin with, with very warm conditions close to harvest, necessitating a rapid harvest decision. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with no raisins was harvested.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels (40% new) with minimal settling, where fermentation occurred naturally. About 35% of the volume completed malolactic fermentation during an 11 month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilisation and clarified without filtration.

Awards

Platter: 5*
Old Mutual Wine Show 2017: Miele Trophy ‘Best Chardonnay’, Old Mutual Trophy ‘Best White Wine Overall’, Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy
IWC 2017: Gold and Trophy ‘Best Stellenbosch Chardonnay’
Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
eRobertParker.com: 94 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Best International Chardonnay over £15: bold, rich and full-bodied.

Decanter

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Reserve Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon

DeMorgenzon's Chardonnay vineyards benefit from cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off nearby False Bay.

Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade; a backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.1 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.5 g/L

pH

3.28

ACIDITY

6.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months

SULPHUR

Total: 90 Free: 30

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

2015 was a very early season with early flowering dates followed by rapid ripening in the early part of the summer. Weather conditions during the ripening period of the Chardonnay were cool to begin with, with very warm conditions close to harvest, necessitating a rapid harvest decision. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with no raisins was harvested.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels (40% new) with minimal settling, where fermentation occurred naturally. About 35% of the volume lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilisation and clarified without filtration.

Awards

Decanter 2016: Platinum and Trophy ‘Best International Chardonnay over £15’
IWC 2016: Gold and Trophy ‘Best Stellenbosch Chardonnay’
IWSC 2016: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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