Platter Review: 4.5* (91 Points)
Tim Atkin: 95 Points
With over a decade of producing this Estate wine, the wine is ever increasing in quality and becoming more consistent in expressing the terroir of the Helderberg. The wine shows off pure fruit and earthy notes complimented by classical pencil lead aromas. A typical dry tannin structure with a seamless balance to finish. Winemaker, Mark Le Roux, has rated this vintage as one of Waterford Estates best to date.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the leading varietal on Waterford Estate, as selected by the terroir found on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The well drained soils are very well suited to the growth of this varietal, driven by deep sandstone parent rocks and layered gravel with sporadic deposits of schist. The underlying clay in these soils help to buffer against the heat experienced in Stellenbosch during the summer months. The Helderberg Mountain region is known to produce Cabernet Sauvignon characterised by earthy aromatics, well-textured tannins and fresh finishes. These are some of the factors that contribute towards the Helderberg area being particularly well known for longevity in their wines.
Beef Steak, Lamb Chops, Lamb Stew
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Waterford Estate, run by Kevin Arnold, is known for its Bordeaux style terracotta landscaped 120-hectare farm and nature preserve. Nested in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley, in the world-renowed Stellenbosch region, this 120-hectare property boasts citrus groves, rolling lawns, water features and fragrant lavender beds. Well renowned for their wine and chocolate paired tastings.
Alcohol: 13.9% vol
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