DEMORGENZON RESERVE CHENIN BLANC 2015

TASTING NOTES
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, mouth-watering acidity.

 

Technical Detail

Winemaker  Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol  13.8 %
pH 3.39
RS 2.2 g/l
Total acid 6.4 g/l
Appellation Stellenbosch


VINEYARDS
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.


VINTAGE
2015 was a very early season with early flowering dates followed by rapid ripening in the early part of the summer. Weather conditions during the ripening period of the Chenin Blanc were cool to begin with, with very warm conditions close to harvest, however nigh time temperatures remained cool preserving acidity. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with a small percentage of raisins and no botrytis was harvested around 23º balling.



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.


ACCOLADES

 

2014:
95 points Christian Eedes
WineMag.co.za
94 points Tim Atkin MW’s
South African Report 2015
91 points Stephen Tanzer’s
Wine Cellar
Standard Bank Top 10
Chenin Blanc Challenge
Bacchus Trophy Taj Classic
Wine Trophy Awards
International Chenin Blanc
Trophy International Wine
Challenge 2015
South African Chenin Blanc
Trophy International Wine
Challenge 2015
Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc
Trophy International Wine
Challenge 2015
Gold Medal International
Wine Challenge 2015

2013:

94 points James Molesworth
Wine Spectator
94 points Tim Atkin MW’s
South Africa Report 2014
92 points Stephen Tanzer’s
Wine Cellar
Bacchus Trophy Taj Classic
Wine Trophy Awards
Platinum SAWi 2014
Double Gold Michelangelo
International Awards 2014

2012:
92 points Stephen Tanzer’s
Wine Cellar