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Reserve Syrah, DeMorgenzon

DeMorgenzon
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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.5
Residual sugar
2.2
pH
3.82
Acidity
4.8
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The vineyards for DeMorgenzon's Reserve Syrah are situated on the estate's farm in Stellenbosch, first planted in 2004.
Tasting note

Deep, purple core. Rich, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe red plum and whiffs of white pepper. Some floral notes in the background, including violets, lavender and spring blossoms. Full in the mouth with tremendous youthful vigour, this displays layers of berry fruit with developing spices of pepper, cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Gentle oak integration shows and supports the elegance and roundness at this early age.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Shiraz (Syrah)
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Closure
Cork
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Yes

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 23.5º and 24.5º balling.

Vinification details

The Syrah was manually harvested and destalked into stainless steel fermentation tanks. A small percentage of bunches were fermented without destalking. Natural fermentation followed with a slight extended maceration on the skins to stabilise the colour and give the wine palate length. Fermentation temperatures were managed between 24°C and 30°C with a combination of punch downs and gentle pumpovers to extract colour and flavour from the skins. After fermentation, the wine was pressed off the skins and malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel. The wine spent 10 months in 300L French oak barrels and a further 10 months in 3000L foudre barrels. After final blending the wine was transferred to 300L barrels for settling, after which it was racked and bottled without filtration.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.3
Residual sugar
1.6
pH
3.61
Acidity
5.6
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The vineyards for DeMorgenzon's Reserve Syrah are situated on the estate's farm in Stellenbosch, first planted in 2004.
Tasting note

Deep, purple core. Rich, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe red plum and whiffs of white pepper. Some floral notes in the background, including violets, lavender and spring blossoms. Full in the mouth with tremendous youthful vigour, this displays layers of berry fruit with developing spices of pepper, cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Gentle oak integration shows and supports the elegance and roundness at this early age.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Shiraz (Syrah)
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Egg white
Closure
Cork
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

Vintage conditions

2015 was one of the earliest vintages on record and careful attention had to be paid in the vineyards to ensure ripe fruit was harvested. This was achieved through effective crop thinning and selective harvest. Soil moisture levels had to be managed to extend the ripening as late as possible. Disease pressure was low and fruit health and fruit concentration was excellent. The earlier vintage resulted in more prominent tannins, hence the extraction in the winery was adjusted accordingly.

Vinification details

The Syrah was manually harvested and destalked into stainless steel fermentation tanks. A small percentage of bunches were fermented without destalking. Natural fermentation followed with a slight extended maceration on the skins to stabilise the colour and give the wine palate length. Fermentation temperatures were managed between 24°C and 30°C with a combination of punch downs and gentle pumpovers to extract colour and flavour from the skins. After fermentation, the wine was pressed off the skins and malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel. The wine spent 10 months in 300L French oak barrels and a further 10 months in 3000L Foudre barrels and cement tanks (total 25% new wood).

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.3
Residual sugar
2.4
pH
3.55
Acidity
5.5
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
The vineyards for DeMorgenzon's Reserve Syrah are situated on the estate's farm in Stellenbosch, first planted in 2004.
Tasting note

Deep, purple core. Rich, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe red plum and whiffs of white pepper. Some floral notes in the background, including violets, lavender and spring blossoms. Full in the mouth with tremendous youthful vigour, this displays layers of berry fruit with developing spices of pepper, cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Gentle oak integration shows and supports the elegance and roundness at this early age.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Shiraz (Syrah)
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Egg white
Closure
Cork
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Blank

Vintage conditions

2014 was a difficult year in that early season rains persisted throughout the spring and early summer. Disease pressure was high and vigilance was needed to ensure fruit health. The higher moisture levels in the soils allowed for a longer ripening period, and together with cooler temperatures resulted in elegant wines with very soft tannin. Removing leaves in the fruit zone allowed for sufficient sunlight penetration and good flavour development.

Vinification details

The Syrah was manually harvested and destalked into stainless steel fermentation tanks (a small percentage of bunches were fermented without destalking). Natural fermentation followed with a slight extended maceration on the skins to stabilize the colour and give the wine palate length. Fermentation temperatures were managed between 24°C and 30°C with a combination of punch downs and gentle pump overs to extract colour and flavour from the skins. After fermentation the wine was pressed off the skins and malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel. The wine spent 10 months in 300L French oak barrels and a further 10 months in 3000L foudre barrels and cement tanks (total 25% new wood).

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.5
Residual sugar
1.4
pH
3.58
Acidity
5.3
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
The vineyards for DeMorgenzon's Reserve Syrah are situated on the estate's farm in Stellenbosch, first planted in 2004.
Tasting note

Deep, purple core. Rich, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe red plum and whiffs of white pepper. Some floral notes in the background, including violets, lavender and spring blossoms. Full in the mouth with tremendous youthful vigour, this displays layers of berry fruit with developing spices of pepper, cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Gentle oak integration shows and supports the elegance and roundness at this early age.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Shiraz (Syrah)
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fining Agent
Egg white
Closure
Cork
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Blank

Vintage conditions

2012 was an outstanding year for Syrah at DeMorgenzon. Vines entered the growing season with excellent potential for growth following good winter rains. Weather conditions during the ripening season were hot and dry, resulting in concentrated wines with depth and complexity.

Vinification details

The Syrah was manually harvested and destalked into stainless steel fermentation tanks (a small percentage of bunches were fermented without destalking). Natural fermentation followed with a slight extended maceration on the skins to stabilize the colour and give the wine palate length. Fermentation temperatures were managed between 24°C and 30°C with a combination of punch downs and gentle pump overs to extract colour and flavour from the skins. After fermentation the wine was pressed off the skins and malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel. The wine spent 10 months in 300L French oak barrels and a further 10 months in 3000L foudre barrels and cement tanks (total 25% new wood).