DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2014
The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering after taste.
Varietal blend: 26% Roussanne 25% Chardonnay 19% Grenache Blanc 17% Chenin Blanc 13% Viognier
Vertical shoot positioned vineyards allow for optimum ripening and ideal sunlight exposure of fruit. There is a good exposure of slopes to cooling Southern breezes off False Bay. Vineyards are established on slopes with soils of weathered granite and sandstone. Yields are controlled to between 7 and 8 tons per hectare.
2014 was a cooler than normal year with high levels of rainfall in spring and early summer. Higher than normal crop levels were carefully managed to ensure correct balance. Some selective harvesting and careful bunch sorting in the cellar was necessary to ensure only the best bunches were selected for the Maestro Range.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months. A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2014: 93 points Tim Atkin MW’s South African Report 2015 92 points Neal Martin Wine Advocate 90+ points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar Best White Blend under £15 International Trophy Decanter 2013
2013: 5 stars Platter’s Guide 2015 Grand Gold SAWi 2014 93 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar 92 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2014 90 points Neal Martin Wine Advocate 90 points James Molesworth Wine Spectator
2012: 5 stars Platter’s Guide 2014 Gold Decanter 2013 White Wine of the Year Platter’s Guide 2014 Best White Blend under £15 Regional Trophy Decanter 2013 92 points Neal Martin Wine Advocate
2011: 91 points Decanter