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Maestro Blue, DeMorgenzon

DeMorgenzon
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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.5
Residual sugar
2.2
pH
3.75
Acidity
4.6
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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.
Tasting note

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 46% Syrah, 20% Grenache Noir, 19% Petite Sirah and 15% Mourvedré

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Red Blend
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Closure
Cork
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. 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.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.5
Residual sugar
1.7
pH
3.76
Acidity
4.6
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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.
Tasting note

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 58% Syrah, 26% Grenache Noir, 10% Mourvèdre and 6% Petite Sirah.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Red Blend
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.

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 minimal fining and a minimal filtration.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.4
Residual sugar
1.5
pH
3.56
Acidity
5.4
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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.
Tasting note

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.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Red Blend
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

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