White, Ready, but will keep

2013 DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch

2013 DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch

White | Ready, but will keep | DeMorgenzon | Code:  29791 | 2013 | South Africa > Stellenbosch | Chenin Blanc | Medium Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol


Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

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Scores and Reviews

OTHER - Platter Guide's prestigious White Wine of the Year for 2015 makes a fine case for this variety on its Stellenboschkloof site. Sleekly rich 2013's mineral core gathered by perfectly poised line of acidity and deft oaking (66% new). Clarity of flavour broadened by year on lees for complete, thrillingly delicious mouthful.
5/5 stars, Platter Wine Guide , wineonaplatter.com, Nov 2014

The Producer



DeMorgenzon, 'the morning sun,' was so named because it is the first part of the Stellenbosch Kloof Valley to see the sun because of its high altitude and aspects.

It was originally a section of Uiterwyk, one of the oldest farms in South Africa, dating back to the founding of Stellenbosch in 1679. In 2003, Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum bought DeMorgenzon. The estate has consequently been transformed over the past few years. It is visually stunning, and is essentially a 91-hectare garden full of wildflowers, interspersed with 55 hectares of carefully tended vineyards.

Developing the natural biodiversity of the terroir is key to DeMorgenzon’s philosophy. The vines are planted on slopes rising from 200m to nearly 400m above sea level all enjoying panoramic vistas that take in Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Hangklip, the Hottentots Holland mountains, Helderberg and Simonsberg, with the ocean as a backdrop.

Winemaker Carl van der Merwe joined DeMorgenzon in July 2010 after an eight-year stint at Quoin Rock Winery in Stellenbosch. The estate has a reputation for superb white wines; we think these are amongst the best examples of Chenin Blanc and Chenin blends in South Africa.

The Grape

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley and the most widely planted varietal grape in South Africa.

In the Loire it produces high quality dry wines in Savenniéres, and luscious sweet, dessert wines in Coteaux du Layon, Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume. In Vouvray and Montlouis it can be dry, medium dry, or sweet, and still or sparkling. Whether dry or sweet, the best Loire Chenin Blancs possess marvellously concentrated rich, honeyed fruit together with refreshingly vibrant acidity. It is Chenin Blanc's high acidity that enable the wines to age so well.

In South Africa Chenin Blanc is easier to grow and is prized for its versatility. It is used as a cheap blending option with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat but also bottled unblended. The best producers keep their yields low and produce impressive mouthfilling wines.

The Region



Stellenbosch is South Africa’s best-known wine region, producing a wide variety of wines from leading estates, even though it accounts for less than 20 per cent of the country’s total production. Designated wards within the wine region are Jonkershoek Valley, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Bottelary, Devon Valley and Papegaaiberg.

At 17,500 hectares, Stellenbosch remains the Cape's most famous and important fine wine district, thanks to its proximity to Cape Town, to the cooling influences of False Bay, its mountainous (ie Helderberg, Simonsberg), granitic topography and its centres of learning such as Elsenburg Agricultural College. 

It's notable for the refinement of its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, especially from the likes of Glenelly EstateKeermont Vineyards Oldenburg Vineyards, Raats Family and Anwilka

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