“We all love fine wine, but we do not always like the price. Thanks to our additional winemaking capacity and a wealth of excellent vineyards in and around the Cape Winelands to pool from, we can also produce False Bay – a significant, pocket-friendly range which inspires everyday wine enjoyment,” explains Waterkloof winemaker Werner Engelbrecht.
The finely balanced False Bay Chenin Blanc 2011 stems from humble bush vine vineyards in the Swartland which have over time found their natural balance. It is a sublime melange of a fresh, fruity and more serious, age-worthy style Chenin Blanc. Glowing with a straw-yellow tinge, it features gentle aromas of apple and tropical fruit, while the bright acidity helps to carry the generous mouth feel. Natural, wild yeast fermentation lends great complexity and an impressive length. It is a versatile wine well suited to partner seafood, risotto or roast chicken.
After intensive viticultural research, vineyards in the Stellenbosch and Swartland regions clinched the deal for the False Bay Shiraz 2011. These vineyard sites produce wines with notable elegance and freshness, and their deep red soils provide moisture and nutrients which give this Shiraz its supple, spicy characters. The grapes were handpicked, cooled and whole bunch pressed for the gentle extraction of the finest juices. Following time-honoured traditional winemaking techniques, Werner relied on natural, wild yeast fermentation and the wine spent six months in large wooden vats before bottling.
Toasted oak combined with lifted berry fruit flavours captivate the nose while juicy bramble fruit, cassis and cherry flavours infused with a touch of white pepper spice coaxes the palate to a long, rich finish. More refined and reserved as opposed to a big, robust red, the False Bay Shiraz 2011 is a sublime food partner and complements venison dishes exceptionally well.