In a nutshell: A brightly fruity and rounded biodynamic South African white from the Stellenbosch area.
The lowdown: Waterkloof's vineyards are situated high up on the windswept Schapenberg overlooking the Cape's False Bay from where they farm as naturally as possible and make wine with minimal intervention. Their Circle of Life White Blend is made up of mainly Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc with some Semillon and is made with a gentle hand as naturally as possible. Part of the wine was fermented in barrel, which added compleity and weight, prior to being racked into stainless steel with the other components to integrate for a further 6 months prior to bottling. The result is a wine with a softness to the texture but with a tight mineral core and layers of complexity. On top are fruit flavours of lime, grapefruit and peach complemented by richer tropical notes which persist nicely to towards the lingering finish.
When to drink: This really is good stand alone drinking but also matches well with fish like tuna, red snapper or similar.
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 best enjoyed with food.