2014 De Morgenzon "Maestro" White Blend Stellenbosch

SKU #1257948 92 points Wine Spectator

 Solid, offering a big core of yellow apple, anise, white peach and mirabelle plum flavors, backed by enticing honeysuckle and jasmine notes. Has weight and cut, with a minerally underpinning on the finish. Roussanne, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Viognier. (Web Only—2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Maestro White, now in bottle of course, has a lively, slightly grassy bouquet with touches of gunflint developing in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, and there is good fruit intensity with fresh pear and citrus lemon combining nicely with the subtle pepperiness on the finish. This fulfills the potential it was showing last year. (NM)  (11/2015)

90 points Vinous

 (26% Roussanne, 25% Chardonnay, 19% Grenache Blanc, 17% Chenin Blanc, and 13% Viognier; "an expression of the estate," according to assistant winemaker Hanneke Botha): Pale color. Perfumed, limey lift to the aromas of pear, mint and white flowers. Supple, fine-grained and savory, displaying a larger framework than the 2013 but less explosive fruit due to the Grenache Blanc element and the bottling two months prior to my visit. This elegant white blend needs a year or two in the cellar to express itself. 90+ (ST)  (6/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 *Good Value* Very pretty and lively. This lad can make wine! Hint of smokiness. Very long and pungent.  (9/2015)

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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 14