Top four wines of April 2017

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2016 – 97 (read original review here) Carinus Family Vineyards Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Mount Sutherland Syrah 2013 – 94 (read original review here) Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2015 – 94 (read original review […]

May 1, 2017
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Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2015

The Circumstance Syrah from Waterkloof in Somerset West goes largely unsung but I think it’s establishing itself as one of the best renditions in the country, the yet-to-be released 2015 a wonderfully elegant effort on the part of winemaker Nadia Barnard. Her approach was to apply 100% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation for 19 months in […]

April 12, 2017
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Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is probably the best vintage yet from Somerset West property Waterkloof. Grapes from two 19-year-old vineyards farmed according to biodynamic methods, fermentation occurred spontaneously in old 600-litre barrels, this lasting six months before a further three months of maturation on the lees. There’s nothing obvious about nose or palate. Aromatically, there […]

April 12, 2017
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Waterkloof Circumstance Mourvèdre 2015

Mourvèdre can be a bit wild and woolly but the Circumstance 2015 from Waterkloof in Somerset West is a lot more cultured than some. From bush vines, winemaking involved spontaneous, whole-bunch fermentation while maturation lasted 16 months in older 600-litre barrels. The nose shows red and black fruit, floral perfume, scrub and earth. The palate […]

January 18, 2017
by Christian
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Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2016

The 2016 vintage was extremely hot and dry and this seems to have impacted on the Seriously Cool Cinsault from Waterkloof (grapes from Stellenbosch vineyards planted in 1964 and 1974) which has a slight awkwardness about it compared to previous vintages. On the nose, black fruit, some floral perfume, a hint of spice plus a […]

January 6, 2017
by Christian
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Top four wines of September 2016

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of last month: AA Badenhorst Family Wines Raaigras Grenache 2015 – 96 (read original review here) Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1995 – 96 (read original review here) Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2014 – 96 (read original review here) Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2013 –  96 (read original review […]

October 3, 2016
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Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Paul Boutinot, owner of Waterkloof situated on the Schapenberg outside Somerset West, is convinced that his flagship Sauvignon Blanc can stand next to the very best of Sancerre and it’s nothing if not a “terroir wine”. The 2015, the first vintage that the property was certified biodynamic, is now out and is as stern and […]

April 19, 2016
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Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2015

What’s a fair price to pay for a Cinsault off vineyards between 40 and 50 years old bearing four tons a hectare? Buy the Waterkloof Seriously Cool 2015 from the cellar in Somerset West and it will cost you R120 a bottle whereas it starts at about ₤12.50 a bottle (the equivalent of R275) in […]

March 14, 2016
by Christian
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