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Staff Pick

De Morgenzon, Reserve Chenin Blanc - 2017

Item # 39602 750mL
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DeMorgenzon’s Chenin Blanc comes from low-yielding vines planted in 1972, which were originally planted as bush vines but recently lifted onto trellises. The vines are planted in decomposed granite soils, at altitudes of 250 to 300 meters above sea level. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels (20% new), using indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 10 months.


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In South Africa, Chenin Blanc was downplayed as a workhorse grape; a vigorous variety with high yields used for simple, large-production wines and the base for local brandy distillation. Today's it is so much better than that and is South Africa's signature grape producing high quality wines across multiple styles Demorgenzon Chenin Blanc shows green apple, apricot, peach, hints of honey and floral aromas characterize a fresh and upfront nose. The palate is rich and well integrated with a lingering finish.

- EG

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South Africa

South Africa is often lumped together, under some arbitrary umbrella heading, with the other wine-producing regions of the southern hemisphere - South America, Australia, New Zealand, etc. This does a severe injustice both to the fantastic wines of South Africa and to the wine consumer: the region is peerless in its harmonious synthesis of New and Old World winemaking styles. Wines lately coming...

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Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly...

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