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This wine shows sweet vanilla and hints of almonds on the nose with a clean tropical fruit finish. Delicate oak flavours support a rich and full fruit flavour in the mouth with layers of white peach, apricot, grapefruit and vanilla.


Technical Detail
Alcohol        14.0  %vol
pH               3.28
RS               2.4 g/l
Total acid     6.2 g/l
Origin          Western Cape


The fruit for DMZ Chardonnay is selected from premium trellised vineyards in the Western Cape at elevations of 100-200 meters above sea level, most with the cooling effects of the close proximity to the ocean. Components from weathered granite and sandstone soils in Stellenbosch, Durbanville and Elgin all contribute to the elegance and minerality, as well as a fresh citrus and yellow apple character.


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 being selected for the Reserve wine. Optimally ripe fruit with no raisins were harvested between 22.5º and 23º balling.


Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using a combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation. Of the grapes, 25% were left as whole bunch and 75% were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The wine was aged on its lees in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels. A small percentage of malolactic fermentation was allowed. After 4 months, the various parcels were blended, then aged for a further 3 months before being stabilized, lightly filtered and bottled.



89 points Wine Spectator
4 stars Platter’s Guide
90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
89 points Wine Spectator
89 points Wine Advocate
4 stars Platter’s Guide
89 points Wine Spectator
89 points Smart Buy
89 points Wine Enthusiast
88 points Wine Advocate
4 stars Platter’s Guide
Gold 2009 Veritas Awards