DEMORGENZON RESERVE CHENIN BLANC 2016

TASTING NOTES

 


This show stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine offering that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.

Winemaker:               Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend:           100% Chenin Blanc
Appellation:               Stellenbosch
Alcohol content:       14.14%
TA:                                 5.8 g/l
pH:                                 3.31
RS:                                 3.9g/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

 


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 Chenin Blanc were very warm necessitating selective harvest and early picking of certain parcels in order to attain an overall juice quality with a higher natural acidity.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION

 


The grapes were picked in three different passes in order to achieve optimum ripeness and balance in the final wine. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours, with bunch selection done in the vineyard. Fruit was cooled down and then gently pressed, whole bunch, and the juice was settled overnight without the use of settling enzymes. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels (25% new), using indigenous yeasts, with about 30% of the volume completing malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 11 months, without any topping or batonage.

PREVIOUS VINTAGE TASTING NOTES

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

 


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