The Pilsner has been making a comeback for at least the last five years. American […]
This wine has a nice nose, and expresses honey, ripe tropical fruit, and marizpan.
Writer: Melissa McAvoy Editor: Lana Bortolot
This DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc aka Steen is produced from vines planted in 1972 on granite soils that experience cool breezes from False Bay. The 2017 vintage was a warm year, which shows with the tropical fruits on the palate. Winemaker Carl van der Merwe handpicks the grapes in three different passes seeking optimal ripeness. The fermentations are natural with indigenous yeasts. The wine ages on its lees for 10 months in barrel. This wine from Stellenbosch displays a brilliant pale gold color in the glass. The nose is delicate with aromas of fresh hazelnuts, lemon curds, underripe pineapple, ripe navel oranges, and fresh apple blossoms. One can sense the touch of barrel fermentation on the palate. It’s a full-bodied white with a generous finish. The wine would be a perfect accompaniment to a South African summer Brai aka BBQ of grilled fish, and veggies.