DMZ CHENIN BLANC 2018

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:     13.62%
TA:                                5.7 g/l
pH:                                3.39
RS:                                1.9 g/l

VINEYARDS

 


Old bush vineyards grown on weathered granite and sandstone are selected in cool areas of Stellenbosch with a good exposure to cooling sea breezes. Fruit is allowed to ripen to optimum ripeness and generally harvested once the fruit has attained a light yellow hue.

VINTAGE

 


2018 was dry vintage in the Cape. Thunder storms in early spring added a lot of Nitrogen to the soils resulting in very healthy canopies entering the growing season.The day time temperaturs during the ripeneing period were cooler than what was experienced in the very hot 2016 and 2017 vintages, with relatively cool evenings. Conditions were very dry though, with vine stress management being key to success. Fruit harvesting tended to be very early in 2018, with a focus on bringing fruit into the winery with lower sugar levels and lower pH levels.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION

 


Pre cooled fruit is lightly destemmed and crushed, followed by a short skin contact. Free run and medium press components are combined with hard press fractions  kept separate. Fermentation occurs naturally  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.

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

 

 


2018:

  • 90 Points Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Report 2018

2017:

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

2016:

  • 4 Stars Platter’s Wine Guide 2017
  • 89 Points Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Report 2016
  • 86 Points Neal Martin for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2016

2015:

  • 4 Stars Platter’s Wine Guide 2016
  • 89 Points Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Report 2015

2014: 

  • 90 Points Tim Atkin MW’s South African Report 2015
  • 89 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar
  • Commended Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
  • Commended International Wine Challenge 2015