DeMorgenzon DMZ Chenin Blanc 2016
Old bush vine vineyards grown on weathered granite and sandstone are selected in cool areas of Stellenbosch with a good exposure to cooling sea breezes. Fruit is allowed to ripen to optimum ripeness and generally harvested once he fruit has attained a light yellow hue.
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.
Conditions in 2015 were perfect for an early harvest with very little disease pressure. Fruit was picked slightly riper than normal to allow the higher acidity levels, typical of 2015, to drop before harvest. Yields tend to be between 5 and 8 tons per hectare.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Pre cooled fruit is lightly pressed whole bunch. The free run, medium press and hard press fractions are 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 is made up after 4-6 months of ageing on the lees then lightly filtered and stabilized for bottling.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2014: 90 points Tim Atkin MW’s South African Report 2015 89 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar Commended Decanter 2015 Commended International Wine Challenge 2015