DEMORGENZON RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2016

TASTING NOTES

 


Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade. Backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.

Winemaker:           Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend:       100% Chardonnay
Appellation:           Stellenbosch
Alcohol content:   13.8%
TA:                               5.9 g/l
pH:                               3.33
RS:                               2.5g/l

VINEYARDS

 


Vertical shoot positioned vineyards on weathered granite mid-slopes benefit form cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off False Bay. Yields are typically low to moderate and grapes are very concentrated with good levels of natural acidity.

VINTAGE

 


2016 was a very early season with early flowering dates followed by rapid ripening in the early part of the summer. Weather conditions during the ripening period of the Chardonnay were very warm causing rapid ripening. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with no raisins were harvested around 23° balling.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION

 


The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels with minimal settling. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels of which 35% was new. About 60% of the volume completed Malolatic fermentation during an 11 month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilization and clarified without filtration.

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

 


2016

  • 5 Stars Platters Wine Guide 2018
  • 94 Points Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Report 2017
  • Chardonnay Trophy, International Judges Trophy and Best White Wine Overall Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2017
  • Stellenbosch Chardonnay Trophy and Gold medal winner International Wine Challenge 2017
  • 94 points Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2016

2015

  • Platinum: Best in Show Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
  • Regional Trophy and Gold medal winner International Wine Challenge 2016
  • 96 points Tim Aktin MW’s South Africa Report 2016
  • Platter’s 5 Stars Platter’s Guide 2017
  • 95 points Prescient Chardonnay Report 2016

2014

  • 93 points Tim Atkin MW’s South African Report 2015
  • 91+ points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar

2013

  • White Wine of the Year
  • Platter’s Guide 2015
  • 5 stars Platter’s Guide 2015
  • 92 points Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2014
  • Top 10 South African Wines of 2014 Jamie Goode