DeMorgenzon Stellenbosch Reserve Chardonnay 2018
Gold-medal and Trophy-winning Stellenbosch Chardonnay rated 94pts by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A wonderful Chardonnay - golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade; a backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish. Drink 2020 - 2028.
The DeMorgenzon vineyard finds itself between mountains in the famous Stellenbosch region of South Africa, and is known for its fairly unconventional cultivation techniques. Aside from growing specially chosen flowers between the vines, they also play Baroque throughout the vineyard 24/7 to 'calm the vines'. Whatever they are doing, they are doing it right as their wines are simply outstanding! DeMorgenzon translates as ‘the morning sun,’ and was named due to it being the first part of the Stellenboschkloof valley to receive the morning sun, this is due to its high altitude and particular aspect.
2018 was a 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 those experienced in the very hot 2016 and 2017 vintages, with relatively cool evenings.
Tim Atkin MW: 96 pts
Decanter World Wine Awards: Gold
Vinous: 95 pts
*Gold, Best Stellenbosch Chardonnay Trophy & Best South African Chardonnay Trophy IWC 2017*
*94pts, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate"
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