2016 GRENACHE NOIR, DMZ, De Morgenzon. Stellenbosch, South Africa
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Area: Stellenbosch has long been the Cape's premium wine region. Now challenged by warm climate Swartland and cool climate coastal regions like Elgin, it can still produce top quality bottles and is perhaps working ever harder to do so.
What is perhaps unusual is to make wines in a bright, lively, 'modern' style, as this example.
Grape Variety: 100% Grenache, naturally fermented with wild yeasts and whole (un-crushed) berries (and a percentage of whole bunches). Matured for 18 months in French oak, (old 300 litre and 500 litre barrels). Bottled without fining and minimal filtration.
Producer: De Morgenzon means 'morning sun'; it is owned by the Applebaum family and has achieved huge recognition for its wines in the last 10 years. Winemaker (and winery manager) is the ultra-talented Carl van der Merwe.
Old Bridge Rating: Lovely mix of richness and freshness - modern winemaking but with no sacrifice of hedonism.
Press Reviews: 92 Points, Tim Atkin MW 'South Africa 2018'.
£12.95 per bottle
£12.30 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£11.66 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles