Wine Advocate 92
"The 2012 Maestro White is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier and Chardonnay that is fermented in small French oak barrels. It has a light bouquet of dried apricot, quince and honeysuckle that blossoms from the glass with real intent. The palate is crisp and fresh on the entry with delightful, white peach and apricot notes that build toward a very well poised, satisfying finish. Superb. Drink now-2019.
De Morgenzon, whose vines are soothed by the strains of classical music pumped into the vineyard, is one of my favorite addresses for Chenin Blanc. Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum purchased the erstwhile Uiterwyk farm in 2003 and though they replanted much of the vine stock, they left some old Chenin in situ. Winemaker Carl van der Merwe is one of Stellenbosch’s young talented winemakers and his dedication to the estate was patently clear when I met him in 2011. Their top Chenin has always impressed, but the entry-level DMZ label is now very consistent and offers great value."~NM
Decanter 5/5 Stars
"Nutty, lush apricot aromas with toasty notes. Layers of vanilla, almonds, floral white and yellow fruit, pear, peach and marzipan supported by well-structured oak. Very juicy and supple, retaining wonderful freshness, with a big, long finish."
Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy - Best In Show South African White
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DeMorgenzon is Dutch for "the morning sun," a fitting name for this boutique property high on the Stellenboschkloof, which is the first to be touched by the rising sun's rays. DeMorgenzon's high altitude vineyards command sweeping views of Table Mountain and Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Embracing the philosophy that a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive environment produces infinitely better grapes, proprietors Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum have established DeMorgenzon as a 91 hectare garden interspersed with 55 hectares of carefully tended vineyards, where abundant wildflowers flourish between the vines. The vineyards are currently farmed naturally, and the estate is in the process of converting to organic farming.