The two new Cape Winemakers Guild members were announced earlier today: Sebastian Beaumont of Beaumont Family Wines and Carl van der Merwe of DeMorgenzon, bringing the membership count to 48 for 2016. .Miles Mossop, winemaker at Tokara, is the new chairman, taking over from Andries Burger of Paul Cluver Estate.
Results of this year’s Six Nations Wine Challenge between Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA have been announced. There are six judges, one from each participating country with Michael Fridjhon representing South Africa, and each judge is set the task of selecting 100 wines across 17 classes with a maximum of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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) […]
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 […]
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 […]