Delaire Graff Sunrise Brut vs DeMorgenzon Brut

December 15, 2014
by Christian Eedes
in What I Drank Last Night
with 1 Comment
Now trending.

The start of something big?

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 58% Chenin Blanc, 34% Chardonnay and 8% Cabernet Franc. 15 months on the lees and no dosage. Subtle notes of lemon, white peach, apple and even some cassis. Clean and precise with bright acidity and a fine mousse. Quite lean and possessing a bone-dry finish – perfect as an aperitif.

Score: 88/100.

DeMorgenzon Brut
Price: R200
18 months on the lees and dosage done with late harvest, oak matured Chenin Blanc. Peach and yellow apple plus some yeasty character on the nose and palate. Pleasantly rustic on the palate – rich with moderate acidity and quite a coarse bubble.

Score: 86/100.

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  1. JoeDecember 15, 2014 at 9:24 amReply

    Sorry, but at this price point I can’t help but think that the MCC’s from traditional cultivars offer significantly more bang for one’s buck.

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