Thursday, September 28, 2017

The launch of Woolworths' Allan Mullins all-new Signature Series of cultivar wines at De Morgenzon

We have some good news. We were invited to join Allan Mullins, renowned Cape Wine Master and wine selector for Woolworths and the rest of the team at the launch of the six all new Signature wines - selected and blended by Allan in conjunction with six of our best wine makers/wine farms. The venue was the beautiful old Cape Dutch house which is used as De Morgenzon's tasting venue. They are all superb and will be available in Woolworths in mid October. The whites will sell for R129.99 and the reds R159.99. We were very impressed and will be in the long line on the day they are released
Allan enjoying the day
The launch was held at De Morgenzon in the tasting room which was beautifully decorated with orchids
With Allan is Rebecca Constable, Woolworths Wine product developer who talked us through the wines and their making
Danie and Peter de Wet of De Wetshof wines. They have produced a superb chardonnay with Allan. Peter, who is the wine maker, told us that they had taken samples of all their wines and blended them until they got to this blend. It is completely different from everything they currently make. It is lightly perfumed, rather Chanel like with vanilla wood and jasmine and ripe golden berries on the nose. Full and rounded on the palate with new apricots, white peaches and English gooseberries on the palate. Very satisfying and so good for quaffing and with food
The new labels bear both the winemakers and Allan’s signatures. These are the Chenin Blanc from Kleine Zalze signed by R.J. Botha and the Shiraz from De Morgenzon signed by Carl van der Merwe. The Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc is tropical with golden fruit and vanilla wood, a wonderful mouthful of sweet berries with a nice kick of fruit acid as one expects from Chenin. So satisfying. Nice minerality too
The tasting in full swing
Frans Smit of Spier ducking the camera as Carl van der Merwe watches, amused
Frans Smit introducing his Spier wine, a Merlot from Darling grapes. St Émilion on the nose, so seductive. Incense wood, cherries and some almonds. On the palate a sappige wine with sour sweet mulberries and cherries, long flavours, with some nice grippy tannins and warm alcohol. Small production with a triage of berries
Duncan Savage of Duncan Savage Wines. Very exciting Sauvignon Blanc, in Duncan’s inimitable style, we loved it. In your face Elderflower and cats pee rendition on the nose, clean and crisp with long flavours of layered fruit, racy limes, a little salt and minerality. Good value too. You wont be able to keep this
Giles Webb of Thelema has produced a classic Cabernet Sauvignon. Good wood, herbs, cassis and vanilla; deeply perfumed on the nose. On the palate, Wow! juicy Cabernet with no faults and lots of structure, cherries cassis and mulberries. Drink now and in the future
Carl van der Merwe of De Morgenzon has produced a fine Syrah, with lots of Incense wood and spice on the complex nose. It is soft and silky with warm berry fruit, lots of spice on the palate too, with hints of black pepper and nice complex wood. Sappig, lovely with food
When the tasting was over, the Woolworths team produced these large platters of cheese, fruit and meats
On the wine counter was good bread, olives, pesto and salsa . One of our favourite tasting room managers, Richard de Almeida
We are trying to eat healthily and this selection was good. There were also large salads
Duncan and other winemakers had collected and produced this fun surfboard for Allan, who loves to surf. It is enormous, but can be blown up in an instant, so will be easy to transport to the Vintners Surf Classic, an annual surf contest held at Stilbaai or Jongensfontein each year. Allan was absolutely thrilled with it. Here comes summer
The winemakers with Allan. L to R: Danie de Wet of DeWetshof, RJ Botha and Alastair Rimmer of Kleine Zalze, Carl van der Merwe of De Morgenzon, Giles Webb of Thelema, Frans K Smit of Spier and Duncan Savage of Savage Wines
De Morgenzon's tasting room
Enjoying the afternoon with lunch and the new wines
The view over De Morgenzon's vineyards in the Stellenboschkloof toward the Helderberg

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