DMZ CHARDONNAY 2023

TASTING NOTES

 


An absolutely stunning wine that show class in all aspects. Lots of white peach and citrus blossom on the nose leads to an intense and rich palate with waves of ripe pear, citrus and a little floral lift. All this is beautifully supported by well-judged oak notes and a lingering finish with lovely fresh mineral tones. A wine that really offers everything a Chardonnay lover could wish for and can be savoured on its own or with light food options. Our favourite is to enjoy with freshly caught grilled fish.

Winemaker:
Alastair Rimmer

Varietal blend
:
100% Chardonnay

Appellation
:
Stellenbosch

Alcohol content:
13.45%

TA
:
6.6 g/l

pH
:
3.49

RS:
2.6 g/l

Per Bottle R155.00 Add to cart

VINEYARDS

 


The vines used to produce DMZ Chardonnay are selected from premium sites in Stellenbosch at elevations ranging between 100 to 300 meters above sea level. Close proximity to the ocean provides a beneficial cooling effect. Weathered granite and sandstone soils contribute minerality and freshness, respectively.

VINTAGE

 


A cool Spring led to a later than usual bud break that was about 2- 3 weeks later than the previous season. The cool weather did cause some issues with uneven budding in Chardonnay however, we were able to mitigate the worst of that with very late pruning. The cool Spring was interspersed with fairly regular rain showers which meant the soil moisture content remained healthy further into the season and by in large we had good healthy vineyard canopies. The regular rain fall did keep our viticultural team on their toes as the disease pressure was higher than normal however, meticulous planning and careful canopy management meant that we arrived at harvest with very healthy fruit.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION

 


Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using a combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation. Of the grapes, 25% were left as whole bunch and 75% were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The wine was aged on its lees in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation commenced naturally in the barrel components but was blocked for those in stainless steel. After 7 months the final wine was before being stabilized, lightly filtered, and bottled.

PREVIOUS VINTAGE TASTING NOTES

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

 


2019

  • 90 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2020
  • 4 Stars Platter Wine Guide 2020

2018

  • 90 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2019

2017

  • 4 Stars Platter’s Wine Guide 2018

2016

  • 89 Points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2017
  • 88 Points Neal Martin for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2016

2015

  • Platter’s 4 Stars Platters Guide 2017
  • 89 points Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Report 2016

2014

  • 90 points Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Report 2015
  • 88 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar

2012

  • 89 points Wine Spectator
  • 89 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar