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DeMorgenzon ‘DMZ’, Maretti and Hogshead Releases from Procure

26 June,2018

As one of this country’s more adventurous wine importers and distributors Procure Liquor work with wines from many countries. In their portfolio, they have the elegant and contemporary DeMorgenzon ‘DMZ’ bottlings from South Africa, these coming from the Stellenbosch region from the Appelbaum family. These wines have received critical acclaim around the world’s markets, and serve as very good examples of leading edge South African wine. I review three from the ‘DMZ’ tier, plus a Maretti Langhe red from Piedmont, and a Hogshead South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter two archetype examples of their origin. www.procureliquor.co.nz


DeMorgenzon ‘DMZ’ Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2017

Chenin Blanc from South Africa


Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is initially taut and tightly bound with intense aromas of white and yellow florals and subtle notes of citrus fruit and hints of refreshing herbs and minerals, along with flinty lees detail. This grows in depth with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a fine and firm core of white and yellow stonefruits and fragrant florals along with citrus fruit notes and nuances of flinty, minerally lees. This has richness, detail and balance. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively and has underlying power and drive, and the wine flows smoothly with a very fine-textured line, leading to a lingering, elegant finish. This is a very finely concentrated, well-driven dry Chenin Blanc with floral, stonefruit and flinty lees notes on a fresh, lively palate. Match with seafood and pouktry dishes over the next 4+ years. 100% Chenin Blanc from bush vines, Stellenbosch, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in stainless-steel and seasoned oak to 14.31% alc. and 2.7 g/L RS, the wine aged 4-6 months on lees. 18.5/20 Jun 2018 RRP $25.00

DeMorgenzon ‘DMZ’ Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from South Africa


Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, paler on the rim. The nose is elegant with soft and rounded, well-packed aromas of ripe white and yellow stonefruits melded harmoniously with subtle notes of creamy barrel-ferment and lifted nutty oak, enlivened by fresh, flinty lees elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a gently full and rounded core with softly-packed flavours of stonefruits integrated with a little creamy and nutty oak, unfolding flinty lees detail. The palate possesses moderate richness and is up-front, balanced by fresh, clean acidity. The palate flows along a light phenolic-textured line with some alcohol drive, carrying the wine to a firm finish. This is a moderately rich Chardonnay with stonefruit and nutty oak flavours and flinty lees detail on a fresh palate with some texture and drive. Match with most white meat dishes and seafood over the next 3+ years. 100% Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, 25% WBP and fermented partially with indigenous yeasts in tank and barrel to 13.84% alc., the wine aged 8 months on lees in tank and barrel, the oaked portion undergoing MLF. 18.0/20 Jun 2018 RRP $30.00

DeMorgenzon ‘DMZ’ Stellenbosch Syrah 2016

Syrah from South Africa


Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant and firmly concentrated with a tight, but fine core of black berried fruits and black pepper melded with some minerally reduction and black earth notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate is finely presented with smooth and harmoniously interwoven flavours of black fruits unfolding nuances of dark raspberries, black pepper and a little mineral reduction complexity. The palate has a seamless flowing core with very fine textures and line, with some piquant acidity providing tension, and the tannin extraction is soft, supple and integrated. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish of dark raspberries and minerals. This is a refined, smooth-flowing and supple Syrah with black fruits and complexing minerally reduction. Match with roasted game meat dishes over the next 4-5 years. 100% Syrah from DeMogenzon farm, Stellenboschkloof, vines planted 2004, hand-picked and destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a small portion of whole bunches to 13.63% alc., the wine spending 12 months in small French oak barrels and 3000 L foudre, 10% new oak. 17.5+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $30.00

Maretti Langhe DOC Rosso 2016

Blended Red from Italy – Piedmont


Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has an elegant and soft nose, a little slender but well-proportioned with a core of ripe dark-red berry fruit with some dried herb and earthy complexity. This unfolds in detail with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is gently mouthfilling with sweet flavours of dark-red fruits entwined with earthy elements and dark and dried herbs. Savoury florals of the Nebbiolo provide aromatic lift. The palate has soft tannin extraction and grip with fresh, lacy acidity providing liveliness. The wine carries easily to a light, textured, sweet-fruited finish. This is an elegant Barbera/Nebbiolo Langhe blend with sweet and lively fruit flavours and supple grip. Match with pasta, risotto and red meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. A blend of 75% Barbera and 25% Nebbiolo from younger vines from the Barbaresco and Barolo villages, fermented to 13.5% alc. and aged 8 months in small French oak casks and large Slavonion oak, blended and given a further 4 months in large oak casks. Winemaker: Danilo Droco. 17.5-/20 Jun 2018 RRP $30.00

Hogshead ‘Old Vine’ South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia – South Australia


Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with some black hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is finely proportioned with harmoniously interwoven aromas of blackcurrants, mint and herbs, with menthol and eucalypt notes forming an elegant, well-balanced core. Full-bodied, the palate is elegant with a good heart of sweet blackcurrant fruit melded with mint and an array of herbs, along with eucalypt and cedary oak. This has linearity with some underlying alcoholic drive, and the wine flows along a softly extracted line with integrated acidity, leading to a lighter finish. This is a well-integrated Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant, mint, eucalyptus and cedary flavours on a softly extracted palate with some alcoholic power. Match with roasted lamb and beef over the next 3-4 years. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 14% Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Lower Murray and Barossa Valley, fermented to 14.6% alc., the wine aged in tank, and 3 months in seasoned French and American oak, and in 300 L French oak hogsheads. Winemakers: Jim Zerella and Nicholas Crampton. 17.0+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $20.00

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