Our Circle of Life 2013 has been awarded with the highest rating of five stars in the 2016 edition of Platter’s South African Wine Guide, announced at a private launch ceremony in Cape Town last evening.
Not only is this the first five star award for Waterkloof, but 2013 was also Cellar Master Nadia Barnard’s first vintage as winemaker!
“This five star Platter’s accolade is such a good example of how great grapes makes fantastic wines,” says Nadia. “This is a wine with finesse and structure and will age incredibly well.”
The Platter’s tasting note reads: “From 60% sauvignon & 33% chenin, mostly co-fermented (half in barrel), with dashed chardonnay & semillon, 2013 deserves even more serious contemplation than 2012. Tangy apricot & kumquat, mineral stone & smoke, long savoury finish.” – © Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2016
Watch this video for a few words from Nadia on this excellent achievement: Five Stars for Circle of Life White
We are so proud of her and the entire Waterkloof team!
About our Circle of Life Range:
Working with nature allows us to experience its natural cycle every year. Vines awaken from their rest in spring, growing and producing fruit until the next winter when they go to sleep again. This cycle is also evident through the biodynamic practices that we follow on Waterkloof. Circle of Life is inspired by this cycle that exists not only on Waterkloof, but life in general.
Our focus over the last ten years has been to get a better understanding of Waterkloof, and the individual characters of its vineyards. We discovered that vineyards from different parts of Waterkloof produced wines that were stylistically very different. Through the Circumstance wines, we have always tried to allow these vineyards to express their individuality.
Our objective with Circle of Life has been to produce two blends which encapsulate all the varying terroir characteristics and grape varietals within Waterkloof. Thus, rather than being constrained by a traditional blending style, for example a Bordeaux or Rhone blend, we have instead produced two wines that are not driven by varietal or a specific parcel of the vineyard, but are wines that reflects the totality, philosophy and specificity of Waterkloof.