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De Morgenzon - DMZ Syrah 2016


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Maker: Carl van de Merwe
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2014) VS: 89 (2013) JR: 16 (2013) WS: 87 (2014) WE: 89 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

Deep, purple core with wide, bright, bluish tinged rim. Rich, ripe, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe, red plum. Some floral notes in the background including violets and spring blossoms. Rich and full in the mouth with tremendous youthful vigour. Layers of berry fruit with developing spice including pepper, cinnamon and vanilla. Oak hardly shows yet it must have done it’s job to have such elegance and roundness at this early age. Very attractive now yet loads of development potential.

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 (2014)87 pts

Apr 2017 - Neal Martin - The 2014 Dmz Syrah comes from a vintage with a lot of early season rain when there was little stress in the vineyard. It has a clean and correct, you might say conservative bouquet with black fruit mixed with cedar, almost Cabernet-like in style. The palate is medium-boded with crisp acidity, firm in the mouth, Medoc-like with a slightly austere, aloof finish for a Syrah. Not bad, but I'd like a little more varietal expression.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)89 pts

May 17 - Stephen Tanzer - Bright ruby. Slight musky reduction to the aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice and black pepper. Fine-grained and sweet, showing very good intensity to its dark berry fruit. Finishes with lovely length and smooth tannins. Very nicely done--and very Syrah. (2013)16 pts

Black cherry, chewy tannin, savoury finish. Lovely youthful brightness to the fruit. Great clarity. (RH)

Wine Spectator (2014)87 pts

Offers a beam of plum and black cherry fruit, laced with a light licorice note, revealing a flash of fruitcake through the finish. Drink now. 

Wine Enthusiast (2015)89 pts

Bramble and spice characteristics grace the just-ripe plum and cherry fruit on the nose and mouth of this easy-drinking wine. It boasts a fine structure, with framing tannins and complex accents of fruit skin, smoked game and just a dash of peppery warmth on the close. Drink now–2020

Vinification Notes

The Syrah was manually harvested and destalked into stainless steel fermentation tanks. The juice and skins were left for two days to cold soak before fermentation. A small percentage of bunches were fermented without destalking. Natural fermentation followed with a slight extended maceration on the skins to stabilize the colour and give the wine palate length. Fermentation temperatures were kept between 22°C and 27°C with a combination of punch downs and gentle pump overs to extract colour and flavour from the skins. After fermentation the wine was pressed off the skins and malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel. The wine spent a further 11 months in barrel, predominantly French oak (15% new wood).