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De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch Reserve 2011

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De Morgenzon's (the morning sun) slopes rise from about 200m to nearly 400m above sea level and the views embrace Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Hangklip, the Hottentots Holland mountains, Helderberg and Simonsberg with the ocean as a backdrop. De Morgenzon likes to be known as 'a garden vineyard'. In Spring specially chosen wildflowers flourish between our vines. The thinking is that a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive environment produces infinitely better grapes and the beauty of the gardens is captured in every bottle of our wine. e Baroque music is piped through our vineyards 24x7 in the belief that the power of music positively influences the ripening process.

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Winery: De Morgenzon
Color: White
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
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De Morgenzon:
All wine estates in the Western Cape are beautiful and all have unique terroir.    However, we believe that DeMorgenzon is the most extraordinary of them all. Our slopes rise from about 200m to nearly 400m above sea level and our vistas embrace Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Hangklip, the Hottentots Holland mountains, Helderberg and Simonsberg with the ocean as a ba... Read more
All wine estates in the Western Cape are beautiful and all have unique terroir.    However, we believe that DeMorgenzon is the most extraordinary of them all. Our slopes rise from about 200m to nearly 400m above sea level and our vistas embrace Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Hangklip, the Hottentots Holland mountains, Helderberg and Simonsberg with the ocean as a backdrop. While we could call ourselves 'mountain vineyards' we prefer to be known as 'garden vineyards'. In Spring specially chosen wildflowers flourish between our vines. We have no doubt that a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive environment produces infinitely better grapes and the beauty of our gardens is captured in every bottle of our wine.    We pipe Baroque music through our vineyards 24x7 and believe that the power of music positively influences the ripening process.  At DeMorgenzon we are totally committed to excellence and focus on crafting wines which express our unique terroir and fruit within a classic structure - we believe that the finest South African wines combine New World-style fruit with Old World-style elegance. DeMorgenzon, 'the morning sun,' was so named because it is the first part of the Stellenboschkloof valley to see the sun because of its high altitude and aspects. We cover the top southern and eastern slopes of Ribbokkop, overlooking the pinnacle of Kanonkop from where a cannon was fired to alert the farms in the region that a ship had put into Table Bay. The first road from Cape Town to Stellenbosch ran through the Stellenbosch Kloof.  The first vines in the Stellenbosch Hills were planted during the early 1700's as the mild climate is ideally suited to the production of quality grapes.    In 2003 Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum bought DeMorgenzon. The estate has been transformed over the past few years.   Read less

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External Reviews for De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch Reserve

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Source: Great Wines Direct
11/21/2012

Wine Spectator 90 points


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
12/03/2012

CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK - NEW VINTAGE EXPECTED FEBRUARY 2013 Robert Parker 92 - 94 Points Wine Spectator 90 points DeMorgenzon are totally committed to excellence and focus on crafting wines which express the unique terroir and fruit within a classic structure - we believe that the finest South African wines combine New World-style fruit with Old World-style elegance. These Chenin Blanc vineyards are situated on the farm DeMorgenzon in the Stellenboschkloof. Planted in 1971 the trellised vineyard is managed to ensured natural high acidity and full flavour concentration. The yield was 5,8 (30hl/ha - only free-run juice used) tons per hectare. Grapes : 100% Chenin Blanc Region : Stellenbosch, South Africa Maker : Carl Van de Merwe Notes : Pale straw, bright with green tinge. Layers of pineapple, vanilla and quince on the nose. This flavour follows on the palate culminating in a tropical fruit salad, with crisp acidity perfectly in balance. The lingering aftertaste is of honeybush, grapefruit and a hint of ginger. Ageing : This wine is drinking very well now, will improve over the next four years and should last for many more to come. Serve : At 8 - 10 deg C as an appetiser or with fresh fish plates and light salads ABV : 13%



Tasting Notes:

Pale straw, bright with green tinge. Layers of pineapple, vanilla and quince on the nose. This flavours follows on the palate culminating in a tropical fruit salad, with crisp acidity and perfectly in balance. The lingering aftertaste is of honeybush, grapefruit and a hint of ginger.

De Morgenzon's (the morning sun) slopes rise from about 200m to nearly 400m above sea level and the views embrace Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Hangklip, the Hottentots Holland mountains, Helderberg and Simonsberg with the ocean as a backdrop. De Morgenzon likes to be known as 'a garden vineyard'. In Spring specially chosen wildflowers flourish between our vines. The thinking is that a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive environment produces infinitely better grapes and the beauty of the gardens is captured in every bottle of our wine. e Baroque music is piped through our vineyards 24x7 in the belief that the power of music positively influences the ripening process.

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6,080 bottles produced.

Closure: Cork

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.23
Sugar: 5.03 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.09 grams per liter

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