It tastes like fudge.
The Fudge 2012 was created from desiccated grapes, which we're terming petrified. We managed to pin down winemaker Clayton Reabow mid-harvest to ask him all about this luscious dessert wine, made with 100% chardonnnay.
"We crimp the bunches stem so that all water translocation to the bunch is cut off. This occurs on the vine. The grapes begin to desiccate or dehydrate to the point that they look like raisins. The sugar level in the grape at harvest is close to 500g/L.
When we harvest, we de stem the grapes and then place the stems back into the press so that they act abrasively on the grapes and assist with juice extraction. We press over 24 hours as it is difficult to extract juice from a raison. The first juice that runs off we disregard, and we rather keep the “syrup”
The juice is not settled and transferred directly into barrel for wild fermentation. The ferment stops naturally due to the high osmotic pressure of the sugar on the yeast which eventually kills it off. The wine is matured in oak for 18 months.
What inspired you to create a 100% chardonnay sticky?
My inspiration to create the wine was based on my inquisitiveness to see if it could be done or had been done previously. I did my homework and found that there was not much, in fact any, chardonnay straw wines available. Most as you know are made from chenin blanc, viognier, etc. So in 2012 we decided to experiment by vine drying the grapes. At the time, I did not know it would work so well. What was amazing for me was to see the sugar dehydrate to almost 50 balling which you can say is 500 g/L. The acidity remained exactly the same as the day we crimped it which was another anomaly for me although perfectly understandable.
What I love about the wine is the purity of the palate. Most dessert wines accumulate volatile acids very quickly due to the sheer volume of sugar contained in the post ferment. The chardonnay seemed to fight this off and maintain low volatile acids.
The fact that we have matured this wine in bottle for 4 years prior to release makes it extremely special for me.
We are honoured to have contributed to the amazing The Cape Wine Auction 2017:
In a spectacular show of generosity and opulence the Cape Wine Auction broke their own record by raising a staggering R22.3 million on 11 February at the Antonij Rupert Wyne Estate, sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth. All proceeds raised at the auction, with no deduction, will be allocated to 22 beneficiaries who make a profound impact on education and the lives of children in the Cape Winelands.
We took part in the Friday night The American Express Barrel Auction; with a very special new release pinotage up for bid.
The American Express Barrel Auction was hosted at our neighbour, La Motte and was a rare opportunity to taste, bid and potentially own exclusive yet-to-be-released vintages of some of South Africa’s top winemakers.
Pieter, our tasting room manager, was there to pour and cajole potential bidders. He weighs in on the experience:
"The Cape Wine Auction 2017 was a success and an amazing experience. A place where the crème de la crème of South Africa came together to enjoy some very unique wines and bid for a good cause.
The Pinotage that we displayed was the 2015 Pinotage that was in French Oak for 18 months. It was fresh, vibrant and showed a lot of character. The mouth feel was incredible! We decanted it to soften the tannins a little bit.
We had all kinds of high profile guests taste this beautiful Pinotage, from wine estate owners from Napa to one of the first ladies that made wine in South Africa."
At Môreson Wines we are committed to growing and producing world class Chardonnay.
Môreson Mercator Premium Chardonnay 2014 recently took home five-stars in the annual Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide and is officially recognised as one of the very best Chardonnays in South Africa. Read more about that here.
All of the Chardonnay wines produced are grown exclusively on our estate. Currently we grow just over 20 hectares of Chardonnay with a focus on producing wines that not only express our distinct sense of place but also wines that convey the character profiles of each individual clone.
What are clones of Chardonnay you may ask?
Clones are deliberate selections of grapevines that exhibit desirable traits such as:
Currently we boast the most Chardonnay clones planted for a single producer in South Africa. We grow 14 various Chardonnay clones that have been selected for their ability to express unique aromatic and palate profiles. Some clones are sparkling wine specific while others are still wine specific. In certain cases, you obtain dual clones, which can be used for both sparkling wine and still wine production. Many of our Chardonnay wines are clone specific and in certain cases are only produced from a single vineyard or single clone. These wines are very special in that they display consistency year on year and are only influenced by vintage.
The first planting of Chardonnay took place in the Winter of 1998 with a 2.42 hectare vineyard of clone CY 277. This vineyard still exists today and is now the 3rd oldest Chardonnay vineyard in South Africa. We still produce wine from this vineyard which can be tasted in our Moreson Solitaire Blanc de blancs.
Today we produce 8 different Chardonnay wines that are expressed as various winemaking styles. Our goal each time is to create a unique and out the box experience for each particular product.
We have selected and packaged the best examples of our Chardonnay for you to taste and take home. All these wines are a result of the relentless effort and collaborative working relationship between each person who works on Moreson. We hope that you enjoy drinking these wines just as much as we enjoyed creating them for you.
Spotted: Mercator Premium Chardonnay enjoying some holiday R&R in the Transkei.
It's moments like this.... this is why we make wine!
"The day after our wedding, we bought a case of your cab franc - to have a bottle every anniversary for 5 years and the last one on our 10th. We opened our 1st one on Monday. It was ridiculously delicious! So excited to see what next year's tastes like!"- Roxy Baumann
We’ve swapped flutes in the tasting room for Lehmann Jamesse Grand Champagne glasses.
“The decision was based on a long term idea that cultivars like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir should be expressed in a similar fashion that Burgundy is,” explains winemaker Clayton Reabow. “The larger glass with a wider mouth allows the aromas of the wine to be more liberated. I find that flutes naturally subdue the character of the wine; and it’s not cool for a dude to be holding a flute. Flutes in my mind are feminine glasses while the new sparkling glasses are unisex.”
The clever people over at Franschhoek SA have put together some ideas on what to wear to the The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Mastercard.
Using Instagram darling and general all-around styler Seth Shezi as a model.
Taking place this weekend of 3 and 4 December at the iconic Huguenot Monument. Celebrate summer in style by adding a dash of colour to this year’s theme which is Black and White with Floral Flair.
Don't forget this year both Miss Molly and Môreson will be represented at the festival...and we have a treat for you. We've paired up with N2 Ice Cream Lab to make a special sorbet from Môreson Cap Classique!