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2009 DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch
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2009 DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

Producer: DeMorgenzon
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chenin Blanc
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November 2009

(aged in 40% new French oak; from 38-year-old bush vines):  Full yellow-gold color.  Wild aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle, peppermint and clove oil.  Very rich, exotic and spicy, with superb chewy depth of flavor.  Already showy and sexy but a bit more time in bottle will bring more complexity and refinement.  Finishes with impressive length.  This is fermented with wild yeasts and the owners play baroque music in the vines 24 hours a day.  (ST)

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About South Africa

South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc, the most important white grape variety of the central Loire Valley, ranges in style from bone dry to medium sweet to staggeringly rich in appellations like Vouvray, Montlouis, Savennieres, and Coteaux de Layon. In all styles, expect high levels of acid that can provide tremendous amounts of balance to these wines...
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