DeMorgenzon DMZ Chardonnay
WHY WE LOVE IT
Elaboration: Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using a combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation. Of the grapes, 25% were left as whole bunch and 75% were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The wine was aged on its lees in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation commenced naturally in the barrel components but was blocked for those in stainless steel. After 7 months the final wine was before being stabilized, lightly filtered, and bottled.
Tasting Notes: Stone fruit aromas of nectarine and peach with subtle citrus hints and creamy oak. The palate has bright acidity and limey freshness, but delivers rich texture and a chalky, mineral length.
All wine estates in the Western Cape area of South Africa are beautiful, but DeMorgenzon, which dates back to 1679, in Stellenbosch is extraordinary. The 91 hectare estate is owned by Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum, internationally recognized leaders in business and philanthropy.
DeMorgenzon, “the morning sun,” is the first part of the Stellenboschkloof Valley to see the sun because of its high altitude and aspects. The Applebaums refer to their estate as the “garden vineyards.” In spring, specially chosen wildflowers grow between the vines in the belief that a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive environment produces infinitely better grapes, and that the essence of the gardens is captured in every bottle of wine.