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DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2018

South Africa / Stellenbosch

Andy's Tasting Notes

Very much in the top bracket, and compares very favourably when matched to what you will pay for top Cote de Beaune, Napa Valley or Australian examples.  This has that difficult to achieve balance of creamy richness and refreshing minerality that  is the hallmark of all great Chardonnay wines.  Avoids the over-funkiness that some new world examples seem to portray.

Production notes – vinification:  The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels (30% new) with minimal settling, where fermentation occurred naturally. About 70% of the volume completed malolactic fermentation during an 10-month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilisation and clarified without filtration.

96pts Tim Atkin MW

Gold Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

Price per bottle £27.40

20 in stock

Producer Info

Translated, DeMorgenzon means simply ‘the morning sun’ and was so named because it is the first part of the Stellenboschkloof Valley to see the sun due to its high altitude and aspect.

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Since 2008 Baroque music has been piped into the vineyards all day, every day. The effects of sound and music on plant growth is an intriguing subject, the energy of the sound waves rather than the sounds themselves serving to stimulate and nurture the growing vines. A number of experiments have taken place over time which assess these claims and the effects, though in their statistical infancy, point towards an increase in vigour, root growth and general vine health. Once the harvest has completed and the wines have been placed into barrel, music is again streamed throughout DeMorgenzon’s cellars, surrounding the wines in rich sound waves, permeating the oak and steel as they travel, with every single note.

Nowhere else in South Africa is the marriage of music and the fruit of the vine taken so seriously, no doubt influenced by owner Hylton Appelbaum who was responsible for the creation of Classic FM South Africa back in 1997. He still acts as Chairman to this day.

Food matchTurbot/Halibut with beurre blanc


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Cellar Selected is a trading arm of Halifax Wine Company Ltd

Company Number 09560732, VAT Registration 772 343527

Registered Office – Equitable House, 55 Pellon Lane, Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, HX1 5SP

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