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DMZ Chenin Blanc, DeMorgenzon

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

The bright nose displays fine Chenin attributes of floral and citrus aromas. The crisp, refreshing palate has succulence and weight providing a finish with texture and good length.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.1 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.5 g/L

pH

3.52

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Adam Mason

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

4-6 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

A cold, wet winter preceding the 2021 growing season resulted in delayed budburst and a similarly delayed harvest. Flavour development peaked early resulting in full-flavoured, ripe styled Chenin Blanc with healthy levels of natural acidity this year.

Vinification details

Cool, early morning harvested grapes were destemmed, crushed, then pressed and the juice settled until clear. Fermentation occurred spontaneously without the addition of commercial yeasts in a combination of stainless steel tanks and old French oak barrels. The resulting wines were racked and sulphured prior to blending and the final blend left on fine yeast lees for maturation until bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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DMZ Chenin Blanc, DeMorgenzon

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

Green apple, apricot, peach, hints of honey and floral aromas characterise a fresh and upfront nose. The palate is rich and well-integrated with a lingering aftertaste.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.1 g/L

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

4-6 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

2020 was a moderate vintage with excellent harvest and weather conditions. The vineyards benefitted from decent winter rainfall and harvest commenced fairly early, in mid- January. Optimal conditions during the early part of the ripening period resulted in high acidities and low pH, resulting in wines that are fresh, precise and bright.

Vinification details

The pre-cooled fruit was lightly destemmed and crushed, followed by a short skin contact. Free run and medium press components were then combined, with hard press fractions kept separate. Fermentation occurred naturally with wild yeasts in a combination of stainless steel tank and old French oak barrels. The final blend was made up after 4-6 months of ageing on the lees then lightly filtered and stabilised for bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

 

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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Aniseed and pear flavours combine appealingly on the palate with classic Chenin focus and freshness.

Tim Atkin MW

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DMZ Chenin Blanc, DeMorgenzon

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

Green apple, apricot, peach, hints of honey and floral aromas characterise a fresh and upfront nose. The palate is rich and well integrated with a lingering aftertaste.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

4-6 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

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

Pre-cooled fruit was lightly destemmed and crushed, followed by a short skin contact. Free run and medium press components were combined, with hard press fractions kept separate. Fermentation occurred naturally with wild yeasts in a combination of stainless steel tank and old French oak barrels. The final blend was made up after 4-6 months of ageing on the lees then lightly filtered and stabilised for bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Contact us to discuss

Bottled early to retain fruit, this is a tasty, well-priced combination of stainless steel and (old) wooded elements.

Tim Atkin MW

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DMZ Chenin Blanc, DeMorgenzon

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

Green apple, apricot, peach, hints of honey and floral aromas characterise a fresh and upfront nose. The palate is rich and well integrated with a lingering aftertaste.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.39

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

4-6 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

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

Pre-cooled fruit is lightly destemmed and crushed, followed by a short skin contact. Free run and medium press components are combined, with hard press fractions kept separate. Fermentation occurred naturally with wild yeasts in a combination of stainless steel tank and old French oak barrels. The final blend was made up after 4-6 months of ageing on the lees then lightly filtered and stabilised for bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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The DMZ Chenin is a good way to access the delights of DeMorgenzon’s top grape at a lower price.

Tim Atkin MW

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DMZ Chenin Blanc, DeMorgenzon

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

Green apple, apricot, peach, hints of honey and floral aromas characterise a fresh and upfront nose. The palate is rich and well integrated with a lingering aftertaste.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.31

ACIDITY

6.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

4-6 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

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.

Vinification details

Pre-cooled fruit was lightly pressed whole bunch. The free run, medium press and hard press fractions were kept separate, naturally settled overnight and fermented with wild yeasts in a combination of stainless steel tank and old French oak barrels. The final blend was made up after 4-6 months of ageing on the lees then lightly filtered and stabilised for bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
Platter: 4*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss

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DMZ Chenin Blanc, DeMorgenzon

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

Green apple, apricot, peach, hints of honey and floral aromas characterise a fresh and upfront nose. The palate is rich and well integrated with a lingering aftertaste.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.36

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

3-6 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

Conditions in 2016 were hot and dry resulting in a rapid harvest. Care had to be taken to harvest as quickly as possible, in an effort to preserve the grape’s natural acid and freshness. Due to the dry conditions, the crop quality was excellent, although yields were lower than usual, averaging at around 6 tons per hectare.

Vinification details

Pre-cooled fruit was lightly pressed whole bunch. The free run, medium press and hard press fractions were kept separate, naturally settled overnight and fermented with selected yeasts in a combination of stainless steel tank and old French oak barrels. The final blend was made up after 3-6 months of ageing on the lees then lightly filtered and stabilized for bottling.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss