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DeMorgenzon

Smooth, spicy and voluptuous [...] very promising.

Tim Atkin MW

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Named in honour of the Baroque music DeMorgenzon pipe to their vines, Maestro Blue is a Rhône-style blend - the newest addition to the estate's range.

This wine has notes of red and black berry fruit, white pepper and spice. The palate is finely structured, showing an array of ripe fruit and floral undertones, with a lingering aftertaste. A blend of 44% Grenache Noir, 29% Mourvèdre, 21% Syrah and 6% Petite Sirah.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.5 g/L

pH

3.56

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Red Blend

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

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

Fruit was carefully hand sorted and naturally fermented, whole berry. 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 300 litre casks and 3000 litre foudres. The wine was bottled with no fining and a minimal filtration.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
IWC 2018: Silver
DWWA 2018: Silver
IWSC 2018: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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