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DeMorgenzon

Sourced from the four best blocks on the farm, this is rich and exotic

Tim Atkin MW

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DeMorgenzon’s Reserve Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines that were planted in 1972 in decomposed granite soils.

This show stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine offering that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.1 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.37

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

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. 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

The grapes were picked in three different passes in order to achieve optimum ripeness and balance in the final wine. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours, with bunch selection done in the vineyard. Fruit was cooled down and then gently pressed, whole bunch, and the juice was settled overnight without the use of settling enzymes. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels (20% new), using indigenous yeasts, with about 20% of the volume completing malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 10 months, without batonage.

Awards

IWC: Gold & trophies
DWWA: Silver
Platter: 5*
Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

 

 

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This superb Chenin comes from five very different sites on the farm.

Tim Atkin MW

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DeMorgenzon’s Reserve Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines that were planted in 1972 in decomposed granite soils.

This show-stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.8 g/L

pH

3.29

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

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 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

The grapes were picked in three different passes in order to achieve optimum ripeness and balance in the final wine. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours, with bunch selection done in the vineyard. Fruit was cooled down and then gently pressed, whole bunch, and the juice was settled overnight without the use of settling enzymes. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels (20% new), using indigenous yeasts, with about 20% of the volume completing malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 10 months, without any bâtonnage.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
Vinous: 93 pts
DWWA: Gold
IWSC: Silver
IWC: Silver
Platter: 4.5*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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A trail-blazing wine with great structure, texture, length and balance [...] Built to last but really delicious now.

DWWA 2018

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DeMorgenzon’s Reserve Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines that were planted in 1972 in decomposed granite soils.

This show-stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.7 g/L

pH

3.34

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 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 21º and 22º balling.

Vinification details

The grapes were picked in three different passes in order to achieve optimum ripeness and balance in the final wine. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours, with bunch selection done in the vineyard. Fruit was cooled down and then gently pressed, whole bunch, and the juice was settled overnight without the use of settling enzymes. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels (25% new), using indigenous yeasts, with about 30% of the volume completing malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 11 months, without any topping or bâtonnage.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
DWWA 2018: Platinum
IWSC 2018: Silver Outstanding
IWC 2018: Silver
Decanter: 95 pts
Platter: 5*
Greg Sherwood MW: 95 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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I find more nuance and harmony here compared to the 2015, a delicacy married with intensity in the finish, a tang of clear honey on the aftertaste (although there was no botrytis in the vineyard).

Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

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DeMorgenzon’s Reserve Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines that were planted in 1972 in decomposed granite soils.

This show-stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.9 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.38

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

HARVEST DATE

January 2016

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months

SULPHUR

Total: 142 Free: 37

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

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 Chenin Blanc were cool to begin with, with very warm conditions close to harvest, however night time temperatures remained cool, preserving acidity. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with a small percentage of raisins and no botrytis was harvested.

Vinification details

The grapes were picked in four different passes between 23rd and 28th January in order to achieve optimum ripeness and balance in the final wine. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours, with bunch selection done in the vineyard. Fruit was cooled down and then gently pressed, whole bunch, and the juice was settled overnight without the use of settling enzymes. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels (25% new), using indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 11 months, without any topping or bâtonnage.

Awards

IWC 2017: Gold and Trophies ‘Best South African Chenin Blanc’ and ‘Best International Chenin Blanc’
Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
eRobertParker.com: 93 pts
DWWA 2017: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Elegant and classy.

International Wine Challenge

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DeMorgenzon’s Reserve Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines that were planted in 1972 in decomposed granite soils.

This show-stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.39

ACIDITY

6.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months

SULPHUR

Total: 90 Free: 30

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

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 Chenin Blanc were cool to begin with, with very warm conditions close to harvest, however night time temperatures remained cool, preserving acidity. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with a small percentage of raisins and no botrytis was harvested.

Vinification details

The grapes were picked in three different passes in order to achieve optimum ripeness and balance in the final wine. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours, with bunch selection done in the vineyard. Fruit was cooled down and then gently pressed, whole bunch, and the juice was settled overnight without the use of settling enzymes. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels (25% new), using indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 11 months, without any topping or bâtonnage.

Awards

IWC 2016: Gold and Trophy ‘Best Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc’
Decanter 2016: Gold
IWSC 2016: Gold
eRobertParker.com: 92 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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