92 points Tim Atkins
"Just a hint of smoke on the nose, then opulent red cherry and cedar spice, with firm and crunchy tannic structure. Even so, the finish is smooth and wonderfully savoury. Like the best of the right bank, this is a style that demands bottle age to reach its peak. 17/20 points. (RH)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Winery: Waterkloof is located on the southwest facing, low-yielding and windswept slopes of Schapenberg (overlooking False Bay). Here the blustery southeastern (and sometimes the northwest wind as well) churns up the vineyards with regularity. This not only allows for a very low yield, but the flavours intensify a flinty minerality. We use organic and biodynamic winemaking methods and adhere to Old World, sustainable practices in our vineyards to ensure that the vines are nourished and in balance. Our soils are free of chemicals and are kept healthy by using plant extracts, fungi, and bacteria from our own organic compost. Cabernet Franc is the original “Cabernet” grape, being one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon (a cross between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc). This varietal ripens earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon, making it ideal for the cool slopes of the Helderberg region. The vines are grown on south-west facing slopes of the Schapenberg, Somerset West. The farm is a mere 4km from The Atlantic Ocean, with vines planted at a height of between 240 and 260 meters above sea level. At Waterkloof, we do not spray herbicides or pesticides in our vineyards. We produce our own compost and biodynamic preparations which we then disperse into our soil by using work-horses rather than tractors. This ensures soil with more life, where the vine can spread its roots as it pleases, taking up everything it needs from this complex soil. This leads to terroir-driven wines – a true reflection of our vineyard site. The soils are of decomposed granite origin with medium sized stones, helping with both drainage and moisture retention. Strong south-easterly winds occur during the growing season, which helps to control growth and crop size. The vineyards are 11 years old. Production was approximately – 3 tons/ha. In other words, packed full of flavor! Tasting Notes: Lovely red fruit nuances, especially sour cherries, – and spice are prominent on the nose. The mouthfeel is long and elegant, balancing soft tannins and fresh acidity. Cabernet Franc’s liveliness makes it an excellent food partner. Food Pairing: Enjoy this wine with a roasted pork loin dish.