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DeMorgenzon, Reserve Chardonnay 2018

(4 reviews)

“Restrained creamed corn and baked yellow apple aromatics.

The palate is super juicy, plush and expressive with lots of well-judged sweet vanilla oak and tangy citrus fruit.

Very good now and on the way to being better.”

Gold | Decanter 2019 World Wine Awards

96pts | Tim Atkin

£29.00

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Stellenbosch

Chardonnay

Bone-drySweet

Description

TASTING NOTES
Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade. Backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.

VINEYARDS
Vertical shoot positioned vineyards on weathered granite mid-slopes benefit form cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off False Bay. Yields are typically low to moderate and grapes are very concentrated with good levels of natural acidity.

VINTAGE
2018 was dry vintage in the Cape. Thunderstorms in early spring added a lot of Nitrogen to the soils resulting in very healthy canopies entering the growing season. The daytime temperatures during the ripening period were cooler than what was experienced in the very hot 2016 and 2017 vintages, with relatively cool evenings. Conditions were very dry though, with vine stress management being key to success. Fruit harvesting tended to be very early in 2018, with a focus on bringing fruit into the winery with lower sugar levels and lower pH levels.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels with minimal settling. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels of which 30% was new. About 70% of the volume completed Malolatic fermentation during a 10-month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilization and clarified without filtration.

WINEMAKER
Carl van der Merwe

Additional information

Grape

Chardonnay

Vintage

2018

Wine Farm

Alcohol

13.8%

Enjoy with rich fish, such as seared salmon or tuna.

4 reviews for DeMorgenzon, Reserve Chardonnay 2018

  1. Vinous | 95pts

    “The 2018 Reserve Chardonnay was hand-picked and whole-bunch-pressed, then matured in French barrels, 30% new and the rest used. It has a stunning bouquet of yellow plum, citrus peel and orange blossom aromas that are seamlessly enmeshed with the oak. The palate is very well balanced, displaying orange zest and quince notes on the entry, a killer line of acidity and a very precise and persistent finish that lingers long in the mouth. I am not sure winemaker Carl van der Merwe has ever made a Chardonnay as good as this. Drink 2021-2040”

    Neal Martin, Vinous

  2. Decanter | 95pts – Gold

    “Restrained creamed corn and baked yellow apple aromatics. The palate is super juicy, plush and expressive with lots of well-judged sweet vanilla oak and tangy citrus fruit. Very good now and on the way to being better.”

    DWWA

  3. Tim Atkin | 96pts

    “2018 was a very good vintage for Chardonnay in Stellenbosch, as long as you got your picking dates right. Taut, mineral and refined, with subtle, vanilla-scented oak, racy acidity and layers of citrus and stone fruit, this is one of the best Reserve bottlings I`ve had yet from DeMorgenzon. Drink 2019 – 2025”

    Tim Atkin 2019 SA Report

  4. Platter’s | 93pts

    “Riper fruit profile though retains elegant balance in drier 2018 vintage. Assimilates more new oak (30% new), giving an unctuous, silky texture. Quite rich & complex, already tempting, but will continue to improve.”

    Platter’s 2020

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