DeMorgenzon, Reserve Chardonnay 2018
‘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.
The DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay’s maiden vintage was 2013, and quickly began to gain immense recognition, scooping up both 5 stars and White Wine of the Year from Platters in 2015. It has continued to impress ever since.
Aromas of hot toasted brioche, marmalade, orange blossom and layers of stone fruit effortlessly mingle with delicate oaky vanilla. On the palate expect citrus, lemongrass and honeysuckle, supported by a minerality and shot through by a backbone of racy acidity.
Vertical shoot positioned vineyards on weathered granite mid-slopes benefit from cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off False Bay. Yields are typically low to moderate and grapes are very concentrated with good levels of natural acidity.
2018 was a dry vintage in the Cape. Thunderstorms in early spring added a lot of Nitrogen to the soils resulting in very healthy canopies entering the growing season. The daytime temperatures during the ripening period were cooler than what was experienced in the very hot 2016 and 2017 vintages, with relatively cool evenings. Conditions were very dry though, with vine stress management being key to success. Fruit harvesting tended to be very early in 2018, with a focus on bringing fruit into the winery with lower sugar levels and lower pH Levels.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels with minimal settling. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels of which 30% was new. About 70% of the volume completed Malolactic fermentation during a 10-month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilization and clarified without filtration.
Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade. Backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Gold medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
96 points – Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2019
Silver 93 – International Wine Challenge 2019
4.5 Stars – Platter’s Guide 2020
Silver 91 – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2019
Enjoy with rich fish, such as seared salmon or tuna.