|Grapes||Chardonnay, Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, Viognier|
an opulent blend of chenin blanc, chardonnay, roussanne and viognier that was drinking beautifully Fiona Beckett, The Guardian - www.matchingfoodandwine.com (Feb 2016)
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Winemaker Carl van der Merwe, who joined in 2010. 2011 was his first vintage, and in 2012 they were awarded Platter white wine of the year. Three Rhône varieties plus Chenin and Chardonnay. Viognier is picked very early – doesn’t want domination. 30% concrete egg and 70% in an array of different barrels. Very pretty and lively. This lad can make wine! Hint of smokiness. Very long and pungent. GV Drinking range: 2015 - 2019 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2015)
According to assistant winemaker, Hanneke Botha: ‘An expression of the estate’. Pale colour. Perfumed, limey lift to the aromas of pear, mint and white flowers. Supple, fine-grained and savoury, displaying a larger framework than the 2013 but less explosive fruit due to the Grenache Blanc element and the bottling two months prior to my visit. This elegant white blend needs a year or two in the cellar to express itself. Rating: 90+ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(Aug 2015)
There's a winemaker of unquestionable skill and craft behind this outstanding fusion of varieties. The fruit is plentiful and rich, with notes of lemon, tropical fruit, white flowers, sices and herbs. It's powerful and textured, with a gravelly palate and a lengthy finish. (International Gold Trophy Winner, White Blend under £15).Decanter World Wine Awards 2015(Jul 2015)
Simon van der Stel, the Dutch Governor, founded Stellenbosch in 1679, and vines have been planted in the Stellenbosch Hills since the early 1700’s. DeMorgenzon, meaning 'the morning sun', is so called because it is the first part of the Stellenboschkloof valley to see the sun due to its high altitude. It was originally a section of one of the oldest farms in South Africa, and today it is run by Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum, who bought the estate in 2003. The Appelbaums aim to produce wines that are a combination of New World-style fruit and Old World-style elegance. They have rather unique way of achieving this, by placing speakers in their vineyard and cellar and playing Baroque music to both their vines and their wines. Wendy previously had a high-flying career in the business world, she was director of Liberty Investors Limited as well as holding several other high-powered positions and being trustee to several South African charities. Hylton had an equally high-flying business career, but then became founder of Classic FM South Africa, this passion for music now extends to the viticulture - the vines are dotted with speakers that play continuous Baroque music to the vines, which they are sure adds and improves plant growth and help - not to mention the souls of the vineyard team!
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