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Michael Fridjhon: SA’s white blends are great but do they sell?

If you put a bunch of South African wine geeks in a room and leave them to talk about what’s on their collective mind, sometime quite soon, alongside discussion about the Swartland, natural ferments and the unsung heroes of the revolution, the issue of Cape white blends will get an airing. Typically there will be [...]

September 23, 2015
by Michael Fridjhon
with 3 Comments

Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 winners

Results of the second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 145 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Aeternitas Wines 2010 Price: R120 Boutinot Tea Leaf 2014 Price: R74 DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014 Price: R210 [...]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
with 2 Comments

DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2014

Grenache Blanc makes its appearance in the 2014 vintage of Maestro White from Stellenbosch property DeMorgenzon for the first time and it’s more flamboyant than ever. The Mediterranean variety constitutes 19% of a blend that also includes 26% Roussanne, 25% Chardonnay, 17% Chenin Blanc and 13% Viognier. Peach, apricot and even a little pineapple, intense [...]

March 14, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

The Reserve Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch property DeMorgenzon has been a noteworthy wine ever since the maiden 2005 vintage was rated 5 Stars in the 2007 edition of Platter’s but only now does it seem to have gained the refinement which marks it as truly great. I was super-impressed by the 2013 recently (see here) [...]

March 9, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013

It recently emerged that James Molesworth of US publication Wine Spectator had scored the Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 from Stellenbosch property DeMorgenzon 94 on the 100-point scale, which caused me to re-look the wine. The last time I tasted it was in July last year and I found it rather shut down. Some time in [...]

February 27, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2014

With Ken Forrester The FMC 2012 selling for R350 a bottle from the tasting room and DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 chasing hard at R197.50 a bottle, it’s tempting to conclude that local Chenin is on its way to being priced in line with its international counterparts. Fortunately or unfortunately, however, there are still plenty [...]

January 12, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

DeMorgenzon Reserve Syrah 2012

DeMorgenzon, the Stellenbosch property owned by high-flying Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum is getting plenty of a critical acclaim at the moment but I worry that some of the wines are a little too brazen, power triumphing over finesse. Along comes the first Reserve red in the form of a Syrah 2012 (Wine Cellar price: R255 [...]

January 7, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Delaire Graff Sunrise Brut vs DeMorgenzon Brut

Is Cap Classique from Chenin Blanc about to trend? First Steen from Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington and Sparklehorse from Ken Forrester in Stellenbosch and now Sunrise (after an 118.08 carat diamond) from Delaire Graff and a Brut from DeMorgenzon. Delaire Graff Sunrise Brut Price: R275 In the manner of Crémant de Loire and featuring [...]

December 15, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment
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