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Interview: Nadia Barnard of Waterkloof

From the May issue of Business Day WANTED: Waterkloof is the rather handsome property on Schapenberg Hill near Somerset West which former British wine merchant Paul Boutinot selected as being capable of “truly fine wine with a defining sense of origin” after a worldwide search. The winemaker is 30-year-old Nadia Barnard who despite her young [...]

May 9, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: Time is the new money

Time. It has become the most precious commodity of our generation.  Owning your own limited hours on earth – instead of signing them over to an employer who tells you when you can use your days to do the things you actually want to do – is gold.  However, somewhere we’ve come to believe that [...]

April 1, 2015
by Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
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Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2014

As of the 2015 vintage, Somerset West property Waterkloof carries official biodynamic certification and proponents of this alternative system of agriculture don’t come more zealous than farm manager Christiaan Loots. As with all biodynamics practioners, a lot of what Loots argues just seems like common sense –conventional farming which is in league with agrochemical industry [...]

March 17, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2013

The 2013 vintage of Seriously Cool Cinsault is the same smashable vein as the maiden 2012 (see here) if a teeny-weeny bit not as tight and focused. Grapes from Helderberg bush vines more than 40 years old, vinfication involving spontaneous, whole-bunch fermentation and nine months of maturation in 600-litre oak barrels, a combination of second- [...]

September 17, 2014
by Christian
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Waterkloof Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc 2014

Does Chenin Blanc need serious oak in order not to be entirely ordinary? Not if the Seriously Cool 2014 from Waterkloof (R95 a bottle) is anything to go by. From 30-year-old unirrigated bushvines, the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation 90% in tank, 10% in old oak which took six months to complete. On the nose, there’s [...]

August 18, 2014
by Christian
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Circumstance Cabernet Franc 2012 vs Oldenburg Cabernet Franc 2011

If you take Raats Cabernet Franc and historically the Cab-Franc led Cordoba Crescendo as reference points, then clearly the variety is capable of greatness under local conditions but on the whole it seems to be particularly tricky to work with, as two current releases demonstrate. Circumstance Cabernet Franc 2012 Waterloof price: R155 Red fruit plus [...]

June 5, 2014
by Christian
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Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Why would you want a Sauvignon Blanc reminiscent of grass clippings when it can be all about fruit? The Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Waterkloof in Somerset West is on the money showing intense white peach but also hints of lime and green apple. The wine’s not super-dry – the residual sugar is 4.2g/l – [...]

January 15, 2014
by Christian
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Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsaut 2012

The Seriously Cool Cinsaut from Waterkloof in Somerset West (R95 a bottle) is another wine which lends momentum to the revival of this variety we seem to be witnessing. From Helderberg bushvines planted in 1964 and 1974, the wine underwent spontaneous whole-bunch ferment and it was matured for nine months in 600-litre oak barrels. “Drink [...]

November 18, 2013
by Christian
with 10 Comments
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