First Growth Classification

Tim Atkin South Africa 2019 Special Report

Tim Atkin MW

Tim Atkin is a British Master of Wine, and an award-winning wine journalist, broadcaster and commentator, and long-time friend of the DeMorgenzon family. 

In 2013, Tim published his first South African report. It was 81 pages long and reviewed 710 wines. This year he published his #2019saport which reviews 2,118 wines running over 280 pages and is a result of two months’ research, tasting and writing. His biggest ever overview of the SA industry.

DeMorgenzon - Tim Atkin - South Africa 2019 Special Report

The South African 2019 Special Report

“This is my seventh annual report about the South African wine scene and I remain as enthusiastic and positive as ever. The sector has many problems (which I discuss in the report), but I’m still convinced that the best Cape wines are world-class and represent outstanding value for money. Ever creative, ever-evolving, the wine industry continues to surprise and delight me.” – Tim Atkin MW

Purchase the full report: https://timatkin.com/product/2019-south-africa-special-report/.

DeMorgenzon

We are totally committed to excellence and focus on wines which express our unique terroir and fruit within a class structure. In our view, South Africa’s best wines are a combination of New World-style fruit and Old World-style elegance. 

We are committed to sustainable and appropriate agriculture and are sensitive to the environment. We have always farmed naturally and respect the vine as a part of a viable and varied ecosystem, rooted in living soil. Notable wine inevitably expresses the earth in which it grows. 

A relatively cool climate and low humidity gives us wines that have personality, fruit, flavour and length, but without the aggressive tannins that can mar reds in some growing zones.

Carl, Dirk and Danie

The main men behind the vines and the wines are highly driven towards producing excellent wines that reflect more than just great winemaking. 

Together in the winery and the vineyards, they create styles of wine that are a unique reflection of DeMorgenzon and have proven to be highly regarded by some of the world’s leading wine judges, such as Tim Atkin. 

Our philosophy is simple: to interfere as little as possible and as much as necessary. Winemaking at DeMorgenzon is highly detailed and focused and we are determined to improve on each years’ experience. We firmly believe that a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive environment with minimal intervention produces infinitely better grapes.

DeMorgenzon - Tim Atkin - Carl van der Merwe, Dirk van Zyl, Danie de Waal

First Growth Classification

There is a new name amongst the top tier in 2019 as DeMorgenzon is awarded ‘First Growth Classification’ by Tim Atkins MW. 

First Growth is a term referring to a classification of wines, generally from the Bordeaux region of France. Also known as Premier Cru, First Growth wines are the top wines in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

A wine’s ranking in the Bordeaux classification is a large influence on quality perception and price. First growth wines command a high price tag and are widely known among those in the wine industry. First Growth wines are the cream of the crop…

2019 Classification

Wines of the Year

  • Reserve Chardonnay 2018
  • Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
  • Reserve Syrah 2017

“The best Cape wines are world-class and represent outstanding value for money.” – Tim Atkin  MW

DeMorgenzon Reserve Wine Range -

DeMorgenzon’s Reserve wines are a highly lauded range of premium wines that are made entirely from estate-grown fruit, harvested from vines grown in weathered granite soil in the Stellenboschkloof.

Reserve Chardonnay 2018 - 96 Points

2018 was a very good vintage for Chardonnay in Stellenbosch, as long as you got your picking dates right. Taut, mineral and refined, with subtle, vanilla-scented oak, racy acidity and layers of citrus and stone fruit, this is one of the best Reserve bottlings I’ve had yet from DeMorgenzon.

Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018 - 95 Points

Part of the DeMorgenzon range since 2005, this superb Chenin comes from five very different sites on the farm. Rich and complete, it combines citrus, stone and tropical fruit notes with subtle reduction, a hint of orange zest, stony acidity and perfectly judged 22% new wood.

Reserve Syrah 2017 - 95 Points

DeMorgenzon’s reds have never quite lived up to the brilliance of its whites, but that appears to be changing. This is the fourth release of a Syrah Reserve and it’s the best yet, showing fruit density, some black pepper spice, fine-grained tannins and a bright, perfumed Côte-Rôtie-like finish.

DeMorgenzon Maestro Wine Range -

The Maestro range of wines are made with the majority of estate-grown grapes and are a perfect expression of DeMorgenzon’s unique terroir. Up to 40 different components are considered before final blending to express complexity, concentration and balance. 

The Maestro range is a dedication to the Classical and Baroque music played across the estate.

Maestro White 2017 - 94 Points

Some of the Rousanne is bought in, but the majority of this harmonious white (Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier) comes from the DeMorgenzon estate. Mixing oak and concrete egg portions, this is taut, herbal and citrus-driven with subtle wood and notes of peach and pear.

Maestro Blue 2017 - 93 Points

Maestro Blue is always a Meditteranean blend, combining mostly Syrah with 42% Grenache, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah in this instance. The move to Syrah dominance has upped the quality of the wine, which has spicy bramble and raspberry fruit, subtle oak and notes of clove and pepper.

Maestro Red 2017 - 92 Points

Softer extraction and lots of pre-fermentation cold soaking of the grapes have enabled Carl van der Merwe to make what he regards as our “plushiest Maestro yet”, produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet France and Malbec. Mint, cassis and graphite flavours are framed by 20% new wood.

DeMorgenzon DMZ Wine Range -

The DMZ range of wine provides exceptional value. DMZ wines are varietal focused and made with the utmost care and attention to detail, to deliver an affordable, yet delicious drinking experience. (DMZ is an acronym of DeMorgenzon.)

DMZ Chardonnay 2018 - 90 Points

DeMorgenzon buy in fruit from different parts of Stellenbosch as well as using their own grapes to produce this judiciously wooded, partly wild-fermented white. With subtle nectarine and pear fruit, it’s commercial in the best sense of the word.

DMZ Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - 90 Points

Carl van der Merwe has introduced some extra complexity into this wine by adding 2% Semillion and using some oxidative handling. Leesy and well made, it has passion fruit and gooseberry fool flavours and a herbal tang.

DMZ Syrah 2017 - 90 Points

Co-fermented with a splash of Viognier for extra complexity and fermented with 7% whole bunches, this is a lot of Syrah for your money. Juicy bramble and red cherry fruit combine appealing with the understated oak here.

DMZ Chenin Blanc
DMZ Grenache Noir
Garden Vineyards Rosé

DeMorgenzon CWG Wine Range -

Cellarmaster, Carl, is also a member of the esteemed Cape Winemakers Guild.

CWG Gravitas - 95 Points

Carl van der Merwe has made just a single barrel of this superb Grenache-based red for the CWG Auction. With support from Syrah, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre, it’s a stony, grippy, lightly wooded red with layered red cherry and raspberry fruit and some granitic tannins.

DeMorgenzon CWG Wine Range -

Cellarmaster, Carl, is also a member of the esteemed Cape Winemakers Guild.

CWG Gravitas - 95 Points

Carl van der Merwe has made just a single barrel of this superb Grenache-based red for the CWG Auction. With support from Syrah, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre, it’s a stony, grippy, lightly wooded red with layered red cherry and raspberry fruit and some granitic tannins.

Tim Atkin 95+ Public Tasting

Carl van der Merwe has made just a single barrel of this superb Grenache-based red for the CWG Auction. With support from Syrah, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre, it’s a stony, grippy, lightly wooded red with layered red cherry and raspberry fruit and some granitic tannins.