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4th Wine: De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc

  • De Morgenzon, ‘the morning sun,’ was so named because it is the first part of the Stellenboschkloof valley to see the sun because of its high altitude and aspects.
  • While the vineyards could be called ‘mountain vineyards’ they prefer them to be known as ‘garden vineyards’.
  • In Spring specially chosen wildflowers flourish between our vines.
  • They believe that a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive environment produces infinitely better grapes and the beauty of our gardens is captured in every bottle of our wine.
  • Most interestingly they pipe Baroque music through our vineyards 24hours and day, 7 days a week and believe that the power of music positively influences the ripening process.
  • WHY BAROQUE MUSIC I hear you ask?
  • Galileo Galilei observed in 1623 that the entire universe “is written in the language of mathematics”,
  • The ‘scientific’ approach to music reached its height in the Baroque period, and it’s greatest proponent was Johann Sebastian Bach.
  • No, I know that does not answer your question but it is the best I can do having studied their reasoning.
  • Chenin Blanc now the white grape that S.A. is best known for.
  • At DeMorgenzon they are totally committed to excellence and focus on crafting wines which express the unique terroir and fruit within a classic structure.
  • They believe that the finest South African wines combine New World-style fruit with Old World-style elegance.
  • The relatively cool climate and low humidity gives their wines personality, fruit, flavor and length, but without the aggressive tannins that can mar reds in some growing zones.
  • The grapes were lightly crushed and the free-run juice was allowed to settle overnight.
  • The juice was then fermented in French oak barrels for eight months on the lees.
  • It was then lightly filtered and bottled.
  • Tasting Note: Pale straw, bright with green tinge. Layers of pineapple, vanilla and quince on the nose. The aromas follow onto the palate culminating in a tropical fruit salad, with crisp acidity and perfectly in balance. The lingering aftertaste is of honeybush, grapefruit and a hint of ginger. This wine is drinking very well now but will improve over the next four years and should last for many more to come.
  • Enjoy this powerful and full-bodied white on its own or would really suit a rich dish, such as foie-gras or pork.
  • Robert Parker 91 points rating.
  • Runner up in Wine Magazine Chenin Blanc challenge.
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