It’s Really All About The Vineyards
Working with nature allows us to experience its cycle every year. Vines awaken from their rest in spring, growing and producing fruit until the next winter when they sleep again. This cycle is also evident through our bio-dynamic practices that we follow at Waterkloof. Circle of Life is inspired by this cycle, which exists not only on Waterkloof, but throughout life.
Our focus over the last seven years has been to get a better understanding of the individual characteristics of Waterkloof’s vineyards. We discovered that vineyards from different parts of Waterkloof produced wines that were stylistically very different. Through the Peacock Ridge and Circumstance wines, we have always tried to allow these vineyards to express there individuality.
Rather than following a certain style, for example a Bordeaux blend, we blended a wine that we feel represents Waterkloof. The unique blend consists of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc & Chardonnay as the three main varieties.
A Gentle Hand
We mainly rely on tasting the grapes to determine the optimum stage of flavour development. Grapes are picked early in the morning when they are still cool, which helps to preserve the flavours. Extracting juice from the grape skins are achieved through pressing the whole bunches. This is the most delicate way to extract the juice.
After a settling period of 24 hours, the juice was racked to the fermentation tanks. We allowed the yeast occurring naturally on the grapes to start and complete the fermentation. A portion (50%) of the grapes was fermented in old 600l barrels. After a very slow fermentation, the wine was left on the primary lease up to bottling in early January 2011. This helped to add more complexity and weight to the palate. This wine is a unique blend of predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc with a lick of Semillon and a tickle of je ne sais quoi.
And A Few Prayers To Mother Nature- 2010/11 Growing Season
This was a growing season that will be remembered as one of the driest and windiest on record in the Schapenberg area. May and June were very cold, and the vines could accumulate enough cold units for effective budburst. Rainfall for the winter months was well below average. The dry weather continued into spring and summer, with very little rainfall measured from middle November. The dry, windy conditions kept production levels very low on all varietals. Berries were very small, with thick skins. Acidity levels were also very low due to the dry, hot summer and grapes were harvested about a week to two weeks earlier than normal.
A Tasting Note From The Glass Of Nadia Barnard
The wine features lime and peach notes. The flavour is intense, with great balance. A tight mineral core and creamy middle palate allows for great complexity and a persistent finish.
The Numbers (73 338 bottles produced)
RS: 4.60 g/l
TA: 5.80 g/l