DeMorgenzon’s Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines planted in 1972, which were originally planted as bush vines but recently lifted onto trellises. The vines are planted in decomposed granite soils, at altitudes of 250 to 300 meters above sea level. Close proximity to False Bay ensures cooling breezes in the warm summer months.
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.
This show-stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel, and spice. It’s a world-class wine offering that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity.
4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Staggered picking helped temper the dryer vintage, though 18 (94 pts) a tad riper & with less verve than stellar 17(*****) (95 pts), but similar rich, oaked styling, reflecting the stylistic synergy between New World opulence & Old world intensity & elegance.
90 pts Wine Spectator Web Only – 2021
This medium-bodied white is well-knit and balanced, with fresh acidity framing flavors of juicy grainy pear and melon fruit, honeysuckle, lemon curd and slivered almond. Hints of graphite and spice show on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2026. 2,140 cases made, 629 cases imported.