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DeMorgenzon

This is irresistible. The palate is well balanced, very expressive with a superb line of acidity. This is an exuberant Chardonnay that barely knows what to do with all that nascent energy.

Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

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DeMorgenzon's Chardonnay vineyards benefit from cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off nearby False Bay.

Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade; a backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.33

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

January 2016

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months

SULPHUR

Total: 133 Free: 40

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

2016 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 Chardonnay were cool to begin with, with very warm conditions close to harvest, necessitating a rapid harvest decision. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with no raisins was harvested.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels (40% new) with minimal settling, where fermentation occurred naturally. About 35% of the volume completed malolactic fermentation during an 11 month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilisation and clarified without filtration.

Awards

Old Mutual Wine Show 2017: Miele Trophy ‘Best Chardonnay’, Old Mutual Trophy ‘Best White Wine Overall’, Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy
IWC 2017: Gold and Trophy ‘Best Stellenbosch Chardonnay’
Tim Atkin: 94 pts
eRobertParker.com: 94 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Best International Chardonnay over £15: bold, rich and full-bodied.

Decanter

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DeMorgenzon's Chardonnay vineyards benefit from cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off nearby False Bay.

Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade; a backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.1 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.5 g/L

pH

3.28

ACIDITY

6.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carl van der Merwe

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months

SULPHUR

Total: 90 Free: 30

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

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 Chardonnay were cool to begin with, with very warm conditions close to harvest, necessitating a rapid harvest decision. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with no raisins was harvested.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels (40% new) with minimal settling, where fermentation occurred naturally. About 35% of the volume lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilisation and clarified without filtration.

Awards

Decanter 2016: Platinum and Trophy ‘Best International Chardonnay over £15’
IWC 2016: Gold and Trophy ‘Best Stellenbosch Chardonnay’
IWSC 2016: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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