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Translated, DeMorgenzon means simply “the morning sun”. The vineyards are situated at the top, southern, and eastern slopes of Ribbokkop, and overlook the pinnacle of Kanonkop (Cannon hill). Each day the vines see the day’s first light to touch the Stellenboschkloof Valley, South Africa. In 2003 Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum reached the top of the mountain so to speak and settled at DeMorgenzon. They have set about transforming it into a modern winery that is conscious of its history, in...
Deep, purple core. Rich, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe, red plum and whiffs of white pepper. Some floral notes in the background, including violets, lavender and spring blossoms. Full in the mouth with tremendous youthful vigour. Layers of berry fruit with developing spices of pepper, cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Gentle oak integration shows and supports the elegance and roundness at this early age.
2013 was a great year at DeMorgenzon. Vines entered the growing season with excellent potential for growth following good winter rains. Weather conditions during the ripening season were hot and dry, resulting in concentrated wines with depth and complexity.
The Syrah was manually harvested and destalked into stainless steel fermentation tanks. A small percentage of bunches were fermented without destalking. Natural fermentation followed with a slight extended maceration on the skins to stabilize the colour and give the wine palate length. Fermentation temperatures were managed between 22°C and 27°C with a combination of punch downs and gentle pump overs to extract colour and flavour from the skins. After fermentation the wine was pressed off the skins and malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel. The wine spent a further 12 months in small French oak barrels, 3000L Fourdré barrels and cement tanks (total 10% new wood).