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De Morgenzon Shiraz Dmz 2008

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This vintage marks the debut of De Morgenzon’s DMZ label, where the objective is to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines which over-deliver in terms of quality and value. The voluptuous Shiraz bottling – crafted completely from estate fruit – is brimming with rich, ripe berry and plum flavors coupled with seductive floral notes. Distinctive hints of white pepper, exotic spice and vanilla follow through on the finish. The grapes were handpicked, destemmed, and crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks, where the juice and skins were left to cold soak for 2 days. During fermentation, pumpovers were performed three times daily. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was pressed off the skins and racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and aging.

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Winery: De Morgenzon
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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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

Editorial Reviews for De Morgenzon Shiraz Dmz

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,787
3.50 5
10/30/2009

Almost smells like it’s got a bit of Pinotage in there with it’s smoky, rubber tones but that may simply be some reductive funk as it begins blows off with air. Revealing tons of cracked pepper with some subtle soil and herbal tones adding detail to the tight, floral black fruits. A bit of a small nose but well balanced and complete. Really tight on entry with nice tannins and balanced acid but this is just a baby. There are nice black raspberry notes and that floral, forest floor from the nose is quite pronounced in the mouth but this feels and tastes closed. Clean and crisp on the finish. This seems to have all the pieces in place to emerge as a very well balanced Shiraz in 6-12 months but for now let it rest. 87pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
2.50 5
10/30/2009

Kind of fruit-bomby, a bit smokey and spicy, I didn't enjoy this too much, but the balance is there.


3.00 5
10/30/2009

Bright and a little spicy on the nose, flavors are darker, smooth with a good fresh acidity, a nice medium-thick mouthfeel and spice on the finish.

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
11/04/2009

raspberries and blackberries on the nose, round on the palate, easily drinkable, the tannins are not overpowering, the fruit is full and jam-like and delicious. easily drinkable with friends.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
10/30/2009

Creamy nose with hints of pyrite. Very mineral in the mouth, with a cool iron and iodine flavor. Intense fruits, bordering on a licorice flavor. Very powerful and intense, with a thick concentrated mouthfeel.


Snooth User: henpow2nd
37906519
2.00 5
03/09/2010

Usually a great producer, but this was way too grapey for me. Some subtle smoke and cocoa flavors, but grape jelly was way too pronounced. I wanted balance, I got Rosemount.



This vintage marks the debut of De Morgenzon’s DMZ label, where the objective is to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines which over-deliver in terms of quality and value. The voluptuous Shiraz bottling – crafted completely from estate fruit – is brimming with rich, ripe berry and plum flavors coupled with seductive floral notes. Distinctive hints of white pepper, exotic spice and vanilla follow through on the finish. The grapes were handpicked, destemmed, and crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks, where the juice and skins were left to cold soak for 2 days. During fermentation, pumpovers were performed three times daily. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was pressed off the skins and racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and aging.

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