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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
by Christian
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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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Tim James: On the moon, tides and Waterkloof wines

Every now and then, when I get particularly disgusted at my scientific illiteracy, I grapple with a work of what is kindly called “popular science”. So I’ve just finished James Gleick’s masterly short account of Isaac Newton, eminent grand-daddy, I suppose, of the modern scientific understanding of the universe. By a neat coincidence, I had […]

March 14, 2016
by Tim James
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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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