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Reserve Chardonnay

De Morgenzon, Reserve Chardonnay 2017

R425

11 in stock

Notes

100% Chardonnay

All wine estates in the Western Cape are beautiful and all have unique terroir. However, they believe that DeMorgenzon is the most extraordinary of them all. Theirr slopes rise from about 200m to nearly 400m above sea level and their vistas embrace Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Hangklip, the Hottentots Holland mountains, Helderberg and Simonsberg with the ocean as a backdrop. While they could call themselves ‘mountain vineyards’ they prefer to be known as ‘garden vineyards’.

2017 was another hot and dry vintage in the Cape. Although the day time temperatures were warm, evening temperatures were much cooler than normal resulting in wines with incredible weight and texture, yet with great acidity and length. The dryness of the season resulted in minimal disease pressure with fruit arriving at the winery in very good condition.

Tasting notes:
''We’ve spent five years defining out style,' says Carl van der Merwe, moving towards Burgundy as it were. The oak is scented and toasty, while the palate is flinty, nutty and citrus edged, with underlying peach and nectarine flavours and pithy, refreshing acidity. 2019-25' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2018, 94/100

'The 2017 Reserve Chardonnay, which saw around 25% new oak for 10 months with no bâtonnage and partial malolactic (around 30-40%), has a very poised, focused bouquet with a fine mineral undercurrent. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, very focused and full of tension, delivering the right amount of salinity on an Old World-influenced finish. Superb.' – Neal Martin Special Report 2018, 93/100

'As always has equipose of richness & restraint, forcefulness & elegance. 17 a little toasty oak (20% new) evident, but should soon integrate. Deep, concentrated, complex flavours with lively balancing acidity. Like 16, should acquire even greater character over a decade.' – Platter's Wine Guide 2019, 4.5*

Viticulture:
Vertical shoot positioned vineyards on weathered granite mid-slopes benefit form cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off False Bay. Yields are typically low to moderate and grapes are very concentrated with good levels of natural acidity.

Vinification:
The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels with minimal settling. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels of which 30% was new. About 70% of the volume completed Malolatic fermentation during a 10-month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilization and clarified without filtration.

Gold Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2018
100% Chardonnay

All wine estates in the Western Cape are beautiful and all have unique terroir. However, they believe that DeMorgenzon is the most extraordinary of them all. Theirr slopes rise from about 200m to nearly 400m above sea level and their vistas embrace Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Hangklip, the Hottentots Holland mountains, Helderberg and Simonsberg with the ocean as a backdrop. While they could call themselves ‘mountain vineyards’ they prefer to be known as ‘garden vineyards’.

2017 was another hot and dry vintage in the Cape. Although the day time temperatures were warm, evening temperatures were much cooler than normal resulting in wines with incredible weight and texture, yet with great acidity and length. The dryness of the season resulted in minimal disease pressure with fruit arriving at the winery in very good condition.

Tasting notes:
''We’ve spent five years defining out style,' says Carl van der Merwe, moving towards Burgundy as it were. The oak is scented and toasty, while the palate is flinty, nutty and citrus edged, with underlying peach and nectarine flavours and pithy, refreshing acidity. 2019-25' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2018, 94/100

'The 2017 Reserve Chardonnay, which saw around 25% new oak for 10 months with no bâtonnage and partial malolactic (around 30-40%), has a very poised, focused bouquet with a fine mineral undercurrent. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, very focused and full of tension, delivering the right amount of salinity on an Old World-influenced finish. Superb.' – Neal Martin Special Report 2018, 93/100

'As always has equipose of richness & restraint, forcefulness & elegance. 17 a little toasty oak (20% new) evident, but should soon integrate. Deep, concentrated, complex flavours with lively balancing acidity. Like 16, should acquire even greater character over a decade.' – Platter's Wine Guide 2019, 4.5*

Viticulture:
Vertical shoot positioned vineyards on weathered granite mid-slopes benefit form cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off False Bay. Yields are typically low to moderate and grapes are very concentrated with good levels of natural acidity.

Vinification:
The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels with minimal settling. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels of which 30% was new. About 70% of the volume completed Malolatic fermentation during a 10-month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilization and clarified without filtration.

Gold Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2018
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Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

White

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