Vinous 88 points - (14.5% alcohol; vinified with a small percentage of whole clusters and aged for one year in cement tanks and oak, just 10% new): Dark ruby-red. Brooding aromas of blueberry, blackberry, licorice, pepper, bitter chocolate and violet, complicated by minty and dusty herb nuances. Firmly built and nicely concentrated, showing a restrained sweetness to its black fruit, mint and spice flavors. Not yet savory or particularly complex but has the spine and verve to evolve in bottle. Finishes with a solid tannic spine.
88+ Points (Jun 2015)
Deep, purple core with wide, bright, bluish tinged rim. Rich, ripe, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe, red plum. Some floral notes in the background including violets and spring blossoms. Rich and full in the mouth with tremendous youthful vigour. Layers of berry fruit with developing spice including pepper, cinnamon and vanilla. Oak hardly shows yet it must have done itís job to have such elegance and roundness at this early age. Very attractive now yet loads of development potential.
|DeMorgenzon, ’the morning sun,’ was so named because it is the first part of the Stellenboschkloof valley to see the sun because of its high altitude and aspects. We cover the top southern and eastern slopes of Ribbokkop, overlooking the pinnacle of Kanonkop from where a cannon was fired to alert the farms in the region that a ship had put into Table Bay. The first road from Cape Town to Stellenbosch ran through the Stellenbosch Kloof.