2019 Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc

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2019 Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc

Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc is made from two exposed blocks at the top of the Schapenberg and is only made in excellent vintages. Unusually for the grape variety, it is a wine capable of ageing for many years. You won’t taste another Sauvignon Blanc like it!

Tasting Notes

Nose

The ultimate, inimitable expression of Sauvignon Blanc from the unique terroir of Waterkloof. A steely and mineral wine with great purity, restraint and elegance. The nose is nuanced and fleeting. 

Palate

The palate is layered with masses of fine texture and a balanced acidity, ending with a lingering minerality. This is a hugely serious wine with real pedigree and amongst one of the finest examples of South Africa's huge potential with this variety.

Production

Living soils and a natural approach to winemaking means that the fine wine crafted from these two adjoining windswept blocks situated 300-320metres above sea-level and a mere 2 miles from The Atlantic, can be said to be somewhat transcendent of sauvignon blanc's usual varietal character and even of the characteristics normally associated with sauvignon blanc from South Africa and beyond.

This is a truly fine wine. The vines are 21 years old and production was a miserly 3 tons per hectare (one can normally expect 15-20 tons per hectare from sauvignon blanc). Waterkloof follow a traditional, minimalistic approach in their gravitational cellar which means interfering as little as possible with the winemaking process. This allows the flavours prevalent in that specific vineyard to ultimately express themselves in the wine.

To achieve this goal, all grapes are whole-bunch pressed, which ensures that juice is extracted in the gentlest way. The juice is then allowed to settle for 24 hours after which it is racked from the settling tank into older 600-liter barrels. They do not inoculate the juice with commercially cultivated yeast but allow the wild yeast prevailing in the vineyard to ferment the juice. All of the juice was fermented in old 600-liter barrels.

After a very slow fermentation process of approximately 8 months, followed by an extra month on the primary lees, the wine was racked off in preparation for bottling. An extended alcoholic fermentation ensures that the juice is continuously in contact with the gross lees, adding more complexity and weight to the palate. 6 barrels were made and the wine is released only in exceptional vintages.

Only 7,200 bottles produced.

Notes from the Winemaker - Nadia Barnard

"The Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc is a wine which I enjoy drinking with seafood dishes like crayfish or crab. I look forward to seeing it develop in the bottle over the next 10 years as it’s a wine that will age well because of the fresh acid and in the way that it was made- from low cropped vines to whole-bunch press and natural fermentation in barrel.

For the aromatics the wine shows minerality, hints of lime and also gooseberries. The acidity is well balanced by the roundness on the mouthfeel and contributes to the extra length."

Specifications

Year 2019
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
14% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.5 units
Type White Wine
Cellaring Potential It is capable of ageing for many years and should be aerated before serving with food.
Features Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Great with seafood, crab and crayfish. Also dishes with chilli, lime and coriander.
Origin Stellenbosch
Appellation South Africa