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DeMorgenzon, Reserve Chardonnay 2019

(4 reviews)

‘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.

94pts | Tim Atkin


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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.

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.

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

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Enjoy with rich fish, such as seared salmon or tuna.

4 reviews for DeMorgenzon, Reserve Chardonnay 2019

  1. Vinous | 95pts

    “The 2018 Reserve Chardonnay was hand-picked and whole-bunch-pressed, then matured in French barrels, 30% new and the rest used. It has a stunning bouquet of yellow plum, citrus peel and orange blossom aromas that are seamlessly enmeshed with the oak. The palate is very well balanced, displaying orange zest and quince notes on the entry, a killer line of acidity and a very precise and persistent finish that lingers long in the mouth. I am not sure winemaker Carl van der Merwe has ever made a Chardonnay as good as this. Drink 2021-2040”

    Neal Martin, Vinous

  2. Decanter | 95pts – Gold

    “Restrained creamed corn and baked yellow apple aromatics. The palate is super juicy, plush and expressive with lots of well-judged sweet vanilla oak and tangy citrus fruit. Very good now and on the way to being better.”


  3. Tim Atkin | 96pts

    “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. Drink 2019 – 2025”

    Tim Atkin 2019 SA Report

  4. Platter’s | 93pts

    “Riper fruit profile though retains elegant balance in drier 2018 vintage. Assimilates more new oak (30% new), giving an unctuous, silky texture. Quite rich & complex, already tempting, but will continue to improve.”

    Platter’s 2020

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