DeMorgenzon The Divas Chenin Blanc 2020

By , 28 October 2021

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This is the fourth vintage of the limited edition The Divas from Stellenbosch property DeMorgenzon, previous releases being 2013 and 2017, grapes sourced from a 1972 block that usually supplies the Reserve.

Fermented and matured in 300-litre barrels of which 40% were new for around seven months before a further seven months in concrete egg, it’s a striking wine. Smoky reduction before citrus, peach, dried herbs, spice and some leesy character on the nose while the palate is mouth-filling but not unctuous – great fruit definition and vibrant acidity before a dry finish. Lots of flavour and nice texture. Price: R1 000 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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  • GillesP28 October 2021

    At this price I buy Nicolas Joly Coulee de Serrant blindly and enjoy.

  • Greg Sherwood MW28 October 2021

    Alastair Rimmer from ex-Kleine Zalze is the new Cellar Master at DMZ now but I would also be very curious to know if the 2020 was actually made by Adam Mason and just finished off by Alastair?

    • Christian Eedes28 October 2021

      Current DeMorgenzon winemaker Alastair Rimmer readily credits Carl van der Merwe as winemaker for the 2020 vintage – Adam Mason joined in May 2020 and Rimmer joined in June 2021 so who knows who saw it into bottle?

  • Hennie28 October 2021

    CHristian – who’s the winemaker that made this and who is the current winemaker at DMZ?

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