DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013
This show stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine offering that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouthwatering acidity.
De Morgenzon’s Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines planted in 1972, which were originally planted as bush vines but recently lifted onto trellises. The vines are planted in decomposed granite soils, at altitudes of 250 to 300 meters above sea level. Close proximity to False Bay ensures cooling breezes in the warm summer months.
Crop levels were good in 2013 with warm temperatures and breezy conditions ensuring healthy fruit. Some moisture in early January followed by very hot conditions in February resulted in small amounts of botrytis. Given the excellent quality of the “noble rot”, this was included in the harvest and gives the wine an added dimension.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
The grapes were picked in four different passes in order to achieve optimum ripeness and balance in the final wine. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours, with bunch selection done in the vineyard. Fruit was cooled down and then gently pressed, whole bunch, and the juice was settled overnight without the use of settling enzymes. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels (25% new), using indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 11 months, without any topping or batonage.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2013: Bacchus Trophy Taj Classic Wine Trophy Awards Platinum SAWi 2014 Double Gold Michelangelo International Awards 2014 94 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2014 4 ½ stars Platter’s 2015 Silver IWC 2014 Silver Decanter 2014 Silver OMTWS 2014 Silver IWSC 2014 Silver Veritas 2014
2012: 5 Stars Platter’s Guide 2014 Silver IWC 2012 Silver Decanter 2012 Bronze OMTWS 2013 Bronze IWSC 2013 92 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar