Very representable South African Chenin. Big fruit aromas and flavors of apple, pineapple and lemon. Lots of ripping acidity and minerality. Nice texture. Excellent QPR! — 4 months ago
This is their Bordeaux style red. The nose shows; dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, blueberries, strawberries & cherries. Dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spice, clove, some nutmeg, dark fruit cola, black licorice, a whiff of cherry cough syrup with dark, red and blue fresh & withering florals.
The body is near full with dark, meat, tarry and sticky tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance allow it to drink early but needs to be held 6-8 years plus. Dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, blueberries, strawberries & cherries. Dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spice, clove, some nutmeg, dark fruit cola, black licorice, a whiff of cherry cough syrup, deep, dark, heat penetrating dark spice, tobacco with ash, big leather with dark, red and blue fresh & withering florals. The acidy is good. The finish is nice, balanced but needs time to reveal its best self. 91 now with the potential for a little higher score in six to eight years.
We also had their 2017 Divas Chenin Blanc. It was very enjoyable but, didn’t have time to take notes as we had to get to Raats.
DeMorgenzon translates into morning sun.
Photos of; the grounds around DeMorgenzon, barrel room and stainless tanks in their cellar. — 2 years ago
Second time trying the Mvemve in the last month, absolutely delicious but needs time. Dark ruby red with deep red core. Similar to the 2012 Raats Cabernet Franc with cherries and a ton of bell peppers on the nose and palate. Well rounded with an incredible structure and solid backbone. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Cannot wait to try this in a few years, the finish never ends. Drink till 2036. 93+ — 5 years ago
Recently discovered Chenin Blanc from South Africa, so decided to double down with some Indian food tonight. Pretty mild with a hint of citrus fruits and honey although not sweet. I’d like to continue exploring this theme. — 5 months ago
Good with Sunday roast beef — 10 months ago
Drinking with the winemaker Brewer Raats — 4 years ago
First American Chenin Blanc we have tried, the only experience we have with this varietal is with Raats Family Wines from South Africa. Very excited to try this one from Dane Cellars. Clear and par golden yellow. Started off with some honey suckle and perfume notes with a light citrus undertone on the nose. Definitely a little tangy and crisp. Lots of lemon and lime as well as some wet stones near the finish. Moderate plus acidity (7.5/10) that balanced out over the few days we tasted. Light bodied, refreshing. Long and lingering finish with a texture similar of that to biting into a Granny Smith Apple. Very refreshing and enough acidity to age a few years if you wanted to! Drink till 2021. — 5 years ago