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 a striking balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.
Scored 95/100 by Tim Atkin MW
DeMorgenzon’s Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines planted in 1972, originally planted as bush vines but recently lifted onto trellises. The vines are planted in decomposed granite soils at altitudes of 250 to 300 meters above sea level close to False Bay ensures cooling breezes in the warm summer months.
2015 was a very early season with early flowering dates followed by rapid ripening in the early part of the summer. Weather conditions during the ripening period of the Chenin Blanc were cool, to begin with, with very warm conditions close to harvest. However, night-time temperatures remained cool, preserving acidity. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with a small percentage of raisins and no botrytis was harvested around 23º balling.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
The grapes were picked in three different passes 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. The fruit was cooled down and then gently pressed, whole-bunch, and the juice was settled overnight without settling enzymes. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels (25% new), using indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 11 months, without any topping or bâtonage.
Winemaker Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend 100% Chenin Blanc
TA 6.4 g/l
RS 2.2 g/l