2017 Reserve Chenin Blanc
|Origin||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
Opening with a waxy nose with touches of oak and tropical fruits, the 2017 Reserve Chenin Blanc is softly mineral in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, the wine begins with white spiced tea flavors that linger through the mid-palate, offering a kiss of phenolic bitterness with elements of dusty flowers and stone fruit skin. It ends with a persistent, lingering waxy edge and mineral tension. 2,140 cases produced. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028 Rating: 90+ Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate (Feb 2021)
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Oz Clarke: A rich style that's oaky and full. Notes of nuts, honeysuckle and syrup. It’s decent now, but will be even more exciting in a few years. Sarah Jane Evans: Aromas of honeyed apples. The palate is ripe and buttery with a lovely edge of lemon zest, plus nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Tina Gellie: Full-bodied enough to carry its alcohol and oak. Apple crumble, lemon and stone fruit on the nose and palate. Characterful. Recommended by Simon Field MW Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 Rating: 95 Decanter Magazine (Oct 2018)
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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