DeMorgenzon, Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017 MAGNUM

(2 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 Reserve Chenin Blanc, in 2005, was the maiden release from DeMorgenzon, and was awarded 5 Platter’s stars. It hasn’t looked back since.

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool early hours of the morning, and in three separate passes to ensure optimum freshness, ripeness and balance. The juice was barrel fermented and aged in French oak.

Expect aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast to open up into aromas of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice.

“If there’s silky opulence, with a core of sweet peach fruit, there’s also fine, complex detail & elegance. A thrilling wine to delight for a decade or more.” Platter’s

95pts | Tim Atkin

£72.00

Only 5 left in stock

Stellenbosch

Chenin Blanc

Bone-drySweet

Description

VINEYARDS
DeMorgenzon’s Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines planted in 1972, which were originally planted as bush vines but recently lifted onto trellises. 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.

VINTAGE
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.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
The grapes were picked in three different passes in order to achieve optimum ripeness and balance in the final wine. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours, with bunch selection done in the vineyard. 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 (20% new), using indigenous yeasts, with about 20% of the volume completing malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 10 months, without batonnage.

TASTING NOTES
This show stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine offering that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.

AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2017
The 50 most exciting wines of 2018 -Decanter Magazine
95 points – Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2018
92 points – Neal Martin for Vinous
Platinum – Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
Gold medal – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2018
Top 10 – Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Challenge 2018

Additional information

Grape

Chenin Blanc

Vintage

2017

Wine Farm

Alcohol

14.4%

Origin

Stellenbosch

A great match for crab, mild buttery chicken curry or a fresh mixed salad.

2 reviews for DeMorgenzon, Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017 MAGNUM

  1. 95pts | Platter’s

    ​​Internationally acclaimed 2017 the finest yet of a great example of SA chenin in richer, oaked style. If there’s silky opulence, with a core of sweet peach fruit, there’s also fine, complex detail & elegance. A thrilling wine to delight for a decade & more. Like 2016 (4.5 stars, 94 pts), gorgeous but subtle.

    Platter’s 2019

  2. 95pts | Tim Atkin

    ​​The wine that has made DeMorgenzon’s modern reputation under Carl van der Merwe, this 23,000-bottle blend really shows the intensity of the 2017 vintage. Apple and pear fruit are framed by scented oak and supported by a steely finish. A consistently impressive white. 2019-25

    Tim Atkin 2018 SA Report

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