Find Wines
Find Wines

FIND WINES

SEE ALL WINES

DMZ Grenache Noir, DeMorgenzon

DeMorgenzon
VISIT WEBSITE
Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.5
Residual sugar
1.6
pH
3.44
Acidity
6.0
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
From mostly weathered granite soils on estate vineyards, which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour.
Tasting note

Spice and mulled red fruit are present on a bright and elegant nose. The wine shows purity of fruit and a lovely depth of aroma. The palate is soft and appealing, yet with enough structure to provide a firm yet silky finish.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Grenache
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Yes

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

Fruit was carefully hand sorted and naturally fermented, whole berry with a percentage of whole bunches added to the fermenters. Post fermentation maceration was allowed for two weeks, followed by gentle pressing. Maturation was for a total of 18 months in French oak, in a selection of old 300 litre and 500 litre casks. The wine was bottled with minimal fining and filtration.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.0
Residual sugar
2.3
pH
3.66
Acidity
4.1
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
From mostly weathered granite soils on estate vineyards, which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour.
Tasting note

Spice and mulled red fruit are present on a bright and elegant nose. The wine shows purity of fruit and a lovely depth of aroma. The palate is soft and appealing, yet with enough structure to provide a firm yet silky finish. 100% Grenache.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Grenache
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Yes

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

Fruit was carefully hand sorted and naturally fermented, whole berry with a percentage of whole bunches added to the fermenters. Post fermentation maceration was allowed for two weeks, followed by gentle pressing. Maturation was for a total of 18 months in French oak, in a selection of old 300 litre and 500 litre casks. The wine was bottled with minimal fining and filtration.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.0
Residual sugar
2.5
pH
3.50
Acidity
4.9
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
From mostly weathered granite soils on estate vineyards, which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour.
Tasting note

Spice and mulled red fruit are present on a bright and elegant nose. The wine shows purity of fruit and a lovely depth of aroma. The palate is soft and appealing, yet with enough structure to provide a firm yet silky finish. 100% Grenache.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Grenache
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Fined Using
Egg white
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

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

The grapes were handpicked and selected in the early morning at between 21º and 22º Balling. Fruit was carefully hand sorted and naturally fermented, whole berry with a percentage of whole bunches added to the fermenters. Post fermentation maceration was allowed for two weeks, followed by gentle pressing. Maturation was for a total of 18 months in French oak, in a selection of old 300 litre and 500 litre casks. The wine was bottled with no fining and a minimal filtration.

AWARDS
Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts
Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.3
Residual sugar
2.2
pH
3.30
Acidity
5.1
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
From mostly weathered granite soils on estate vineyards, which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour.
Tasting note

Spice and mulled red fruit are present on a bright and elegant nose. The wine shows purity of fruit and a lovely depth of aroma. The palate is soft and appealing, yet with enough structure to provide a firm yet silky finish. 100% Grenache.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Grenache
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Blank

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; 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

Fruit was carefully hand sorted and naturally fermented, whole berry with a percentage of whole bunches added to the fermenters. Post fermentation maceration was allowed for two weeks, followed by gentle pressing. Maturation was for a total of 18 months in French oak, in a selection of old 300 litre and 500 litre casks. The wine was bottled with no fining and a minimal filtration.

AWARDS
Platter: 4*
Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.5
Residual sugar
2.1
pH
3.50
Acidity
5.5
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
From mostly weathered granite soils on estate vineyards, which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour.
Tasting note

Spice and mulled red fruit are present on a bright and elegant nose. The wine shows purity of fruit and a lovely depth of aroma. The palate is soft and appealing, yet with enough structure to provide a firm yet silky finish. Predominantly Grenache (85%), with 7.5% Syrah and 7.5% Durif.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Red Blend
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Closure
Screw top
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. Grenache is prone to botrytis damage, however very careful harvesting and sorting resulted in excellent final quality of the harvest. Fruit zones were managed to minimise crop and allow for smaller bunches and smaller berries.

Vinification details

Fruit was carefully hand sorted and naturally fermented, whole berry with a percentage of whole bunches added to the fermenters. Post fermentation maceration was allowed for two weeks, followed by gentle pressing. Maturation was for a total of 18 months in French oak, in a selection of old 300 litre and 500 litre casks. The wine was bottled with no fining and a minimal filtration.

AWARDS
eRobertParker.com: 90 pts