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De Morgenzon - DMZ Chardonnay 2018


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Maker: Carl van der Merwe
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 88 (2016) VS: 89 (2015) JR: 15.5 (2011) WS: 89 (2016) JP: 3.5 Stars (2010)

Wine tasting notes

Bright, old gold. Sweet vanilla and hints of almonds on the front of the nose with clean tropical fruit to follow. Delicate oak support. Rich and full in the mouth with layers of full fruit flavours including apricot and white peach and always the vanilla backing. Spicy, brisk finish will lend to a few more years of bottle development.

Winery Information

De Morgenzon

DeMorgenzon is a rapidly rising star of Stellenbosch, the estate positively bubbling with excitement, energy and ambition. Attention to detail and perfectionist standards have elevated DeMorgenzon’s reputation since Hylton and Wendy Appelbaum’s acquisition of the estate in 2003. Cellar Master Carl van der Merwe continues to collect award after award for his outstanding wines, with Chenin Blanc a particular success in Carl’s more than capable hands.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)88 pts

Apr 2017 - Neal Martin - The 2016 Dmz Chardonnay was picked from mid-January in order to preserve the acidity this year. This has more complexity on the nose compared to the 2015 with touches of peach and wax-resin joining the green apple aromas. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, lively with green apple and kiwi fruit notes, spicier than the 2015 with a little more persistence on the finish. Enjoy this Chardonnay over the next 3-4 years.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)89 pts

Very pale, bright yellow. Alluring nose combines stone fruits, clove, smoked meat and honeysuckle. Offers lovely spicy lift and richness to its ripe stone fruit flavors, plus a complicating touch of butterscotch. Firm lemony acidity extends the wine's finish. A superb Chardonnay for the price, still with some development ahead. (2011)15.5 pts

Published :12-Oct-2012. Mealy and rounded, bit of firework smokiness. Chardonnay by the numbers. (RH).

Wine Spectator (2016)89 pts

This has plump pear and melon fruit flavors carried by racy acidity, giving this a nice contrast. The lightly toasty finish toes the line

John Platter (2010)3.5 stars

Elegant 2010; some complexity in citrus, ripe melon & oatmeal array. Plump, fresh thread, lees adding to savoury length.

Vinification Notes

The grapes were handpicked and selected in the early morning at between 24.0º and 24.8º Balling. The yield was 8 (56hl/ha – only free- run juice used) tons per hectare with fresh natural acidities and excellent pH balance. Fruit is only harvested when wonderfully yellow and expressing the riper spectrum of Chardonnay fruit. Bunch selection was done in the vineyard. The grapes were lightly crushed and the free-run juice was allowed to settle overnight. A combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation was used in making this wine. The juice with the fluffy lees was then fermented in French oak barrels. Fermentation took place in a 14 ºC cellar but actual fermentation temperatures were not monitored. Chardonnay matured in barrel for ten months on the lees: thereafter it was racked, lightly filtered and bottled.