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De Morgenzon - Reserve Chardonnay 2017


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Maker: Carl van der Merwe
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.1%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2021
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 94 (2016) VS: 93 (2015) JR: 16.5+ (2016) WS: 92 (2016) D: 95 (2015) JP: 4.5 Stars (2014) TA: 94 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade. Backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)94 pts

Apr 2017 - Neal Martin - The 2016 Reserve Chardonnay has an even better nose than the 2015: lemon sherbet, yellow flowers and freshly sliced white peach bursting from the glass, augmented by a hint of tinned apricot. This is irresistible. The palate is well balanced, very expressive with a superb line of acidity. This is an exuberant Chardonnay that barely knows what to do with all that nascent energy. Carl van der Merwe suggested that the 2015 Reserve Chardonnay might have greater longevity. You know, I suspect this might have a longer arc.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)93 pts

Medium light yellow. Deep, musky, complex scents of ripe peach, lemon drop, truffle and spicy, vanillin oak, lifted by a subtle element of wild herbs. Savory, minerally and penetrating, offering a terrific combination of fruit, acidity and oak. This sharply delineated Chardonnay finishes very pure, spicy and long. I'd wait a year or two before pulling the cork. An outstanding South African Chardonnay. -- Stephen Tanzer (2016)16.5+ pts

Tasted Oct 2017 - Quite rich, tangy and somehow ‘green’ on the nose. Mouth-filling and nicely balanced.

Wine Spectator (2016)92 pts

Ripe and fresh, featuring yellow apple and pear flavors lined with kiwifruit, green almond and green plum notes that give this extra range. Shows a hazelnut flash through the finish, with racy acidity.

Decanter (2015)95 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 - Platinum: Best in Show Chardonnay over £15. - "Delectable aromas of buttery toast and marmalade with a mineral touch of flint. The palate is bold, rich and full-bodied. Pear, tangerine and lime marmalade fruit flavours intertwine with creamy oatmeal and cashew nuts. The finish adds some honey and spice to an elegant chalky finish. "

John Platter (2014)4.5 stars

Complex, immensely inviting 2014 touch less electrifying than stellar maiden 2013 Platter White Wine of the Year. Two thirds new oak & time on lees judiciously executed to offer poised structure, generous richness & texture to layered elegant melange citrus & stonefruit.

Tim Atkin (2016)94 pts

DeMorgenzon is making some of the best Chardonnays in Stellenbosch right now in a style that is more powerful than those from Elgin and the Walker Bay. This 2016 is smoky and very aromatic, showing flavours of tangerine and nectarine, some coconut spice and a rich, satisfying finish. 2017-21

International Wine Challenge (2015)

IWC 2016 - Regional Trophy: Best Stellenbosh Chardonnay - "Opulent and complex, with a smoky struck match note dominating the stone fruit and citrus character, supported by well structured and elegant oak."

Vinification Notes

A very early season with early flowering dates followed by rapid ripening in the early part of the summer. Weather conditions during the ripening period of the Chardonnay were cool to begin with, with very warm conditions close to harvest, necessitating a rapid harvest decision. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with no raisins were harvested around 23º balling. The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels with no settling. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels of which 66% was new. The wine was then aged on the gross lees for 9 months after which a barrel selection was done, with the selected portion being aged for a further 3 months. The wine was bottled with no cold stabilsation and minimal filtration.