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A firm, savoury wine that delivers a lot of flavour for your money.

Tim Atkin MW

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DMZ Grenache Noir, DeMorgenzon

From mostly weathered granite soils on estate vineyards, which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.6 g/L

pH

3.44

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Grenache

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

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.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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DMZ Grenache Noir, DeMorgenzon

From mostly weathered granite soils on estate vineyards, which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.66

ACIDITY

4.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Grenache

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

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.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Wonderful Grenache at an appealing price.

Tim Atkin MW

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DMZ Grenache Noir, DeMorgenzon

From mostly weathered granite soils on estate vineyards, which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.50

ACIDITY

4.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Grenache

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

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

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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DMZ Grenache Noir, DeMorgenzon

From mostly weathered granite soils on estate vineyards, which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.30

ACIDITY

5.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Grenache

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

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*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, a little grainy in texture with more black fruit towards the structured finish, a tang of spice lingering on the aftertaste. This is a commendable debut.

Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

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DMZ Grenache Noir, DeMorgenzon

From mostly weathered granite soils on estate vineyards, which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.1 g/L

pH

3.50

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

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

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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