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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...
The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering after taste.
Vertical shoot positioned vineyards allow for optimum ripening and ideal sunlight exposure of fruit. There is a good exposure of slopes to cooling Southern breezes off False Bay. Vineyards are established on slopes with soils of weathered granite and sandstone. Yields are controlled to between 7 and 8 tons per hectare.
Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months. A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.
- 95 Points -
Fermented in a combination of oak and concrete eggs, the fifth vintage of this cuvée of Chardonnay, Roussanne, Chenin, Grenache Blanc and Viognier is the best yet. Savoury, herbal and deftly oaked, with creamy lees, some nutmeg and vanilla spice and effortless integration between the five varieties.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
The 2015 Maestro White is fermented in stainless steel, large foudres and concrete eggs. Winemaker Carl van der Merwe commented that it was the first vintage to show real linearity. A blend of 29% Roussanne, 23% Chardonnay, 22% Chenin Blanc, 18% Grenache Blanc and 8% Viognier, it offers impressive aromatics with heady scents of white peach, fresh pear, a hint of almond and melted candle wax. You could stick your nose in this all day! The palate is very well balanced with good weight, quite spicy with hints of lemongrass filtering through the light tropical fruit, almost more a wine of texture than flavor, which is not an easy feat to pull off.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
Cranberry sauce, iodine, iron, rust, citrus peel and dark chocolate with dried herbs. Full body, structured tannins, pretty acidity and a fresh finish. Drink in 2020. A blend of 42% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, 15% malbec, 10% petit verdot and 4% cabernet franc.See detailed press review