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2016 Episode 18 'P.S. I Love You', The Liberator, DeMorgenzon

2016 Episode 18 'P.S. I Love You', The Liberator, DeMorgenzon
ref. LIBE160 FEB18

Wine Variety: The origins of this grape variety, Durif, have all-but been forgotten whilst it has found celebrity in its new home under another moniker. Read on... Monsieur Durif was a grape breeder in eastern France when this variety was found in his vineyard in the 1860s. DNA profiling has subsequently found that Durif is a crossing of Syrah and Peloursin, an old variety from Isère. It was imported into the United States in the late 19th century under the name Petite Syrah; almost all the Petite Syrah in California has now been identified as Durif.  It is now extremely rare in its homeland of France and there is now more Petite Syrah in the United States than in all the vineyards of the rest of the world put together. 

Wine Region: Grapes were first planted in Stellenbosch by the Dutch shortly after their arrival, the first Cape wine being produced in 1652. The next governor of the Cape established the Constantia estate, the sweet wine of which was celebrated on the best tables of Europe and mentioned regularly in prose. Following the advent of democratic process in 1994, exports from South Africa boomed and South Africa is now in the top ten world wine producers by volume.

Wine Producer: DeMorgenzon was originally a section of Uiterwyk, one of the oldest farms in South Africa. In 2003 Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum bought DeMorgenzon and have since transformed DeMorgenzon into a 224 acre garden vineyard, where abundant wildflowers grow between the vines. (This wine however has been brought to market by The Liberator - a Master of Wine, Richard Kelley, who discovers parcels of wines and sells them in the UK. Each parcel is an "epsisode", this one being Episode 18.)

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Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Durif
  Producer
Producer:
DeMorgenzon
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
2016°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13.5%
  Country
Country:
South Africa
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2020
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Stellenbosch
  Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Canapés
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Lovely deep mulberry red colour in the glass.  A crisp nose of dark fruit. It’s not that aromatic a thing, but there’s spice aplenty, along with crisp black cherry and domestic plum fruit. Hint of chestnut. The palate is cool and crunchy. This is archetypical vin de soif, the mild, sticky tannins freshly urging one to have another sip. Dark, lively crunch to this. And nicely long with it.

#3wordtastingnote: dark, crunchy, lovely

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