Dornier CMD 2011

Dornier CMD 2011

Dornier CMD is the culmination of Christoph Dornier’s visionary dreams and passions which took root at Dornier two decades ago. CMD 2011 shows rich, dark, concentrated berry on the nose with hints of bramble, toffee and violets. The palate is full, with flavours of juicy plum, black cherry and a fine minerality. The wine is dense with great length, and has a chalky tannin and fresh finish.

variety : Malbec [ 60% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc ]
winery : Dornier Wines
winemaker : JC Steyn
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : 
type : Red  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  


John Platter - 4½ stars

Dornier CMD pays tribute to the late, founding owner Christoph Modeste Dornier, whose endearment of Stellenbosch, affinity towards fine wine and mastery of art are exemplified in this maiden vintage release of Dornier CMD.

in the vineyard : For the production of Dornier CMD, grapes are hand-harvested from row specific vines located within three high density planted blocks of vineyards established on the highest slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountains at Dornier. The mountains towering above these vineyards block the early morning sun creating a substantially cooler microclimate and longer ripening period. Rocky top-soils present in the vineyards allow for beneficial aeration of the roots whilst the high clay content in the underlying soils keeps the roots cool during the hot, dry summers. Cool breezes channelling through the mountains keep the vines fresh and aerated contributing significantly to the unique growing conditions within the individual blocks whilst delivering exceptional balance and finesse to the wine.

about the harvest: A mere 550 bottles of the 2011 vintage were produced from meticulously sorted, hand-harvested grapes sourced from the very best rows of vineyards situated at Dornier.

in the cellar : The grapes are de-stemmed and carefully sorted by hand to ensure that only the best fruit is used. Individual fruit parcels are handled separately as each will undergo their own special treatment in the cellar. Pump-overs are performed twice daily with all transfers being gravity fed so as to ensure gentle handling of the wine. After fermentation the individual grape varieties are allowed to mature in French oak barrels for 18 months following which only the finest barrels are chosen through a rigorous selection process. The varieties are finally blended and bottled and allowed a further 2 years of bottle maturation.

OTHER VINTAGES - not for sale