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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...
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.
The fruit for DMZ Chardonnay is selected from premium trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch at elevations of 100 to 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 all contribute to the elegance and minerality, as well as a fresh citrus and yellow apple character.
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. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to commence naturally in the barrel fermented portions. After 8 months, the various parcels were blended, then aged for a further 3 months before being stabilized, lightly filtered and bottled.
- 91 Points -
The DMZ range delivers very good and consistent quality across a number of varieties. This rich, leesy, lightly oaked Chardonnay has appealing pear and citrus fruit, a hint of cinnamon and refreshing balancing acidity.See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
A fresh and easy chardonnay with sliced apples and white peaches. Medium body and a straight-up finish.See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
A bright and bouncy style, with lots of green and yellow apple fruit laced with honeysuckle and verbena notes. A light kiss of toast on the finish keeps this refreshing.See detailed press review