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Winery of the Week: DeMorgenzon

This expansive property in the Stellenboschkloof was purchased by Hylton and Wendy Appelbaum in 2003. Since then, the previously Johannesburg-based couple have devoted just some of their impressive energies (both are still involved in business and philanthropic institutions) to having vines replanted across the slopes stretching from 200 to 400 metres above sea level. ‘Chenin and shiraz/syrah are doing well at higher levels, chardonnay lower down,’ says cellarmaster Carl van der Merwe, who believes the best blocks of these three varieties can produce wines of greatest expression of the farm’s terroir. Believing that biodiversity makes for better grapes, the Appelbaums introduced indigenous flora throughout their ‘garden vineyards’. Baroque music continuously piped to the vines is an unusual concept, but something which they feel positively influences ripening.

DeMorgenzon DeMorgenzon Reserve range Chardonnay 2013

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Category: Chardonnay wooded  

Our prestigious White Wine of the Year for 2015 makes a fine case for this variety on its Stellenboschkloof site. Sleekly rich 2013's mineral core gathered by perfectly poised line of acidity & deft oaking (66% new). Clarity of flavour broadened by year on lees for complete, thrillingly delicious mouthful. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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DeMorgenzon DeMorgenzon Reserve range Chenin Blanc 2013

Category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry  

Seriously styled, barrel-fermented 2013 boasts bright ripe fruit & tight mineral core, boosted by gram sugar, broadened by lees-ageing & well-judged oak. Like 2012 (), ex old bushvines. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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DeMorgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2013

Category: Chardonnay wooded  

Harmonious blend cleverly crafted from cool & warmer region vineyards in 2013, rounded by small barrel-fermented portion, sufficiently subtle to please even style's detractors. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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DeMorgenzon DMZ Chenin Blanc 2013

Category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry  

Pleasurable, dry & nicely rounded 2013, partly older-barrel fermented on 'Reserve' lees for extra richness. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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DeMorgenzon DMZ Concerto 2012

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Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based  |  sub-category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based

Last was 2008. Re-introduced with shiraz-based 2012 () & all exported to Sweden. Suppleness & gentle grip give full rein to rich spiciness. Satisfying & approachable. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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DeMorgenzon DMZ MCC Chenin Blanc NV

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Category: Sparkling, Méthode cap classique, white, dry  

Altogether unusual NV bubbly, the base wine cleverly & boldly oaked giving savoury, structured rather than pretty effect. Bone-dry, though some air-dried chenin added as dosage. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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DeMorgenzon DMZ Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Category: Sauvignon blanc wooded  |  sub-category: Sauvignon blanc wooded

Dusty Durbanville, elegant Elgin fruit combo quite delightful in ultra-crisp but not harsh 2013 () multi-region blend. Follows finer 2012, also with tiny oaked portion to balance overall fresh & lively profile. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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DeMorgenzon DMZ Syrah 2012

Category: Shiraz/syrah  |  sub-category: Shiraz/syrah

Vibrant fruit core & roasted spices in brightly youthful 2012 interwoven with fine, supple tannins to produce authentic, boldly expressive syrah. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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DeMorgenzon Maestro range Red 2011

Category: Red blends, Cape Bordeaux  

Merlot/cab-headed Bordeaux-style blend. 2011 modern, ripe-fruited, supported by fresh juicy acids, fine tannin trim. French oak polish (30% new) complements approachability. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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DeMorgenzon Maestro range Red ('Rhône Blend') 2011

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Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based  

Placeholder name for elegantly expressive, floral 2011, a syrah/shiraz-led blend with grenache, mourvèdre & dash zinfandel - all seamlessly integrated with spicy oak & savoury acidity. Distinguishable from Bordeaux-style 'Maestro Red' by its purple label. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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