DMZ CHENIN BLANC 2020

TASTING NOTES

 


Deliciously fresh with honeysuckle, apricot, and floral aromas. The succulent palate has firm acidity well-integrated oak flavours that provide a lengthy aftertaste.

Winemaker:
Carl van der Merwe

Varietal blend
:
100% Chenin Blanc

Appellation
:
Stellenbosch

Alcohol content:
13.30%

TA
:
5.8 g/l

pH
:
3.4

RS:
3.10 g/l

Per Bottle R120.00

VINEYARDS

 


Sourced almost exclusively from DeMorgenzon’s south facing vineyards overlooking False Bay, the vines are managed for optimal exposure to gentle morning sunshine. Granitic soils result in grapes with excellent natural acidity and flavour concentration, a trait further enhanced by our intentionally low yields.

VINTAGE

 


On the back of a cold and wet winter, the 2020 growing season began very early, with homogenous budburst and even shoot growth. Summer was relatively mild, without the heatwaves often experienced in the Cape. The resultant crop retained high levels of natural acidity and abundant concentration of flavour. Particularly exceptional are the white wines of 2020, whilst the reds display early promise thanks to intense colour and tannin concentration.

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

 


2019

  • 91 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2020
  • 4 star Platter Wine Guide 2020

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