DeMorgenzon, Divas Chenin Blanc 2017 MAGNUM

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‘DeMorgenzon’ or ‘The Morning Sun’, was so named as it is the first part of the Stellenboschkloof Valley to see the sun each morning – due to its aspect and altitude.

This ‘SA Chenin Classic’ is only bottled in the most outstanding of vintages. The grapes are from a prized parcel of low-yielding Chenin Blanc vines, planted in 1972. They are blessed with incredible terroir and climatic influences; planted on decomposed granite soil, at 250 to 300 metres above sea level and with a cooling influence from False Bay.

The grapes were handpicked in two separate passes, in the cool, early hours of the morning to retain acidity and freshness. The bunches were then hand sorted in the winery in order to only use the most perfect fruit. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak. The wine was aged on lees in barrel for 10 months, with a further 6 months in concrete amphora.

This results in a thrilling wine with aromas of lime blossom, white peach, caramel and brioche. The palate is poised, with a beautifully concentrated core and an incredibly long, luxurious finish.

A true statement of DeMorgenzon’s dedication to excellence.

98pts | Tim Atkin


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The Divas Chenin Blanc is selected from a special parcel of low-yielding vines planted in 1972 on DeMorgenzon. The vines are planted in decomposed granite soils, at altitudes of 250 to 300 metres above sea level. Close proximity to False Bay ensures cooling breezes in the warm summer months. The Divas is selected from the most balanced vines of this grand old vineyard. In 2018 a massal selection of genetic material from The Divas vines was collected and sent away for multiplication. The progeny of these grand old dames will be planted in DeMorgenzon’s future plantings of Chenin Blanc, to secure a unique provenance for DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc.

2017 was another hot and dry vintage in the Cape. Although the day time temperatures were warm, evening temperatures were much cooler than normal resulting in wines with incredible weight and texture, yet with great acidity and length. The dryness of the season resulted in minimal disease pressure with fruit arriving at the winery in very good condition. The grapes were handpicked and selected in the early morning at between 22.5º and 23.5º Balling.

The grapes were picked in two different passes from a particular part of the old vineyard. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours, with bunch selection done in the vineyard, and a final selection in the winery. 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 (40% new), using indigenous yeasts, with no malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 10 months, without batonnage, followed by a further ageing in concrete egg for 6 months, before being bottled without filtration.

A wine of incredible density and precision. A hint of yellow suggests sun ripened berries, with a bright green hue promising freshness. Aromas of lime blossom, white peach, caramel and brioche are followed by a poised palate with an extremely concentrated core. This is a great wine that will reward decades of cellaring. A true statement of DeMorgenzon’s dedication to excellence.

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Try it with seared scallops or poached lobster and melted butter.

2 reviews for DeMorgenzon, Divas Chenin Blanc 2017 MAGNUM

  1. 98pts | Tim Atkin

    I almost had to beg Carl van der Merwe to show me a barrel sample of this incredible wine, as it won’t be bottled for a while and there’s not much of it. I’m glad I did, though, because the second vintage of Divas is even better than the first remarkable release. It comes from a 1972 vineyard and is just a six-barrel lot. Rich, dense yet remarkably elegant, with focus and minerality and a finish that lasts for a minute. Drink: 2020-2032.

    Tim Atkin 2018 SA Report

  2. 97pts | Platter’s

    From section of oldest vineyard, made when Reserve Chenin can do without. Previously a 2013 listed as ‘Special Cuvée’. 2017 as fine as the Chenin, but more stony & savoury (a hint of liquorice), the concentrated ripe fruit balanced by a thrilling acidity. A splendid future awaits.

    Platter’s 2019

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