DMZ CHENIN BLANC 2017

TASTING NOTES

 


Green apple, apricot, peach, hints of honey and floral aromas characterize a fresh and upfront nose. The palate is rich and well integrated with a lingering aftertaste.

Winemaker:             Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend:         100% Chenin Blanc
Appellation:             Stellenbosch
Alcohol content:     14.31%
TA:                                6.4 g/l
pH:                                3.31
RS:                                2.7 g/l

VINEYARDS

 


DeMorgenzon’s Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines planted in 1972, which were originally planted as bush vines but recently lifted onto trellises. The vines are planted in decomposed granite soils, at altitudes of 250 to 300 meters above sea level. Close proximity to False Bay ensures cooling breezes in the warm summer months.

VINTAGE

 


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.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION

 


Pre cooled fruit is lightly pressed whole bunch. The free run, medium press and hard press fractions are kept separate, naturally settled overnight and fermented with wild yeasts in a combination of stainless steel tank and old French oak barrels. The final blend is made up after 4-6 months of ageing on the lees then lightly filtered and stabilized for bottling.

PREVIOUS VINTAGE TASTING NOTES

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

 


2017:

  • 4 Stars Platter’s Wine Guide 2018
  • 90 Points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2017

2016:

  • 95 Points Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Report 2017
  • International Chenin Blanc Trophy and Gold medal winner International Wine Challenge 2017
  • 93 points Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2016
  • Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2017

2015:

  • Chenin Blanc Trophy International Wine and Spirits Competition 2016
  • International Chenin Blanc Trophy and Gold medal winner International Wine Challenge 2016
  • Gold medal winner Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
  • 95 points Tim Atkin MW’s South African Report 2016
  • Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2016

2014:

  • 95 points Christian Eedes WineMag.co.za
  • 94 points Tim Atkin MW’s South African Report 2015
  • 91 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar
  • Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015
  • Bacchus Trophy Taj Classic Wine Trophy Awards
  • International Chenin Blanc Trophy International Wine Challenge 2015