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DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2015

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Carl van der Merwe
Main Variety
Roussanne
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
14.0 %vol
pH
3.3
RS
2.7 g/l
TA
5.3 g/l
Characteristics
Type
White
Style
Dry
Body
Full
Taste
Fruity

Accolades

2015
Platters 5 Star
2013:
5 stars Platter’s Guide 2015
Grand Gold SAWi 2014
92 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2014
90 points Neal Martin
Wine Advocate
90 points James Molesworth
Wine Spectator
Silver IWC 2014
Silver Decanter 2014
Silver IWSC 2014
2012:
5 stars Platter’s Guide 2014
Gold Decanter 2013
White Wine of the Year Platter’s Guide 2014
Best White Blend under £15 Regional Trophy
Decanter 2013
2011:
4 ½ stars Platter’s 2013
Silver IWC 2012
91 points Decanter


Tasting Notes

The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering after taste.

Blend Information

29% Roussanne, 23% Chardonnay, 22% Chenin Blanc, 18% Grenache Blanc, 8% Viognier

In The Vineyard

Vertical shoot positioned vineyards allow for optimum ripening and ideal sunlight exposure of fruit. There is a good exposure of slopes to cooling Southern breezes off False Bay. Vineyards are established on slopes with soils of weathered granite and sandstone. 2015 was an exceptionally early vintage with grapes ripening quickly. Cool evening temperatures ensured the maintenance of natural acids and low pH levels. Fruit was healthy with minimal disease pressure.

About The Harvest

Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels. Yields are controlled to between 7 and 8 tons per hectare.

In The Cellar

Grape were sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months. A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.

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