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
by Christian
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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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