The 2011 Maestro Red is a blend of 41% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec that sees 14 months in oak. It has an opulent, glossy bouquet of small dark cherries, boysenberry and iodine that has a real juiciness to it. The palate is medium-bodied with nicely composed tannins and plenty of cedar and dark chocolate-tinged black fruit. It retains fine focus with a touch of bell pepper toward the finish emanating from the Cabernets. This is a fine Bordeaux blend that should age over the next 6-8 years. Drink now-2020. NM Oct 2013.
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.
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