In a nutshell: A brightly fruity and rounded biodynamic South African white from the Stellenbosch area.
The lowdown: A soft texture and tight mineral core is the base on which layers of fascinating complexity are built in this appetizing white blend. On top are fruit flavours of lime, grapefruit and peach complemented by richer tropical notes which persist nicely to towards the lingering finish. It's a blend of mostly Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc with a tadge of Semillon and is partly barrel fermented to add a little weight and depth. And in Waterkloof's true style a gentle hand is used in the winery which shines through in the finished product.
Founded by Paul Boutinot in 2004, Waterkloof is a family-owned, organic, biodynamic and WWF Biodiversity Champion farm perched high up on the windswept Schapenberg, overlooking False Bay and The Atlantic Ocean. Living soils, naturally low yields and a long growing season help provide talented young Cellarmaster Nadia Barnard with naturally balanced grapes that are imbued with a truly defining sense of origin. Those grapes are then transformed into wine with a minimum of intervention. The resulting wines are fine, inimitable and made to be enjoyed with good food.
When to drink: This really is good stand alone drinking but also matches well with fish like tuna, red snapper or similar.