Waterkloof, the contemporary ‘cellar in the sky’ outside Somerset West with its arresting architecture and panoramic views of False Bay, has released the 2009 vintage of their three tiers of Sauvignon Blanc, hailed by the estate as their ‘best ever’.
“2009 is the vintage of which I dreamed of. It is the best vintage I have tasted in 30 years in the business and its greatness lies in two things: a dramatic lower yield and the length of the growing season. I bought Waterkloof for the poor soils and long hang-time, which in 2009 was 115 days!” shares Waterkloof’s owner Paul Boutinot, a British wine importer who searched the world before settling on this 120 hectares farm on the undulating hills of the Schapenberg in 2004.
Paul and his team have since transformed Waterkloof into one of South Africa’s finest wine estates, producing classic European-style wines that match the beauty of the location as well as the architectural magnificence of their new state-of-the-art cellar.
The estate’s newly released 2009 Sauvignon Blanc trio comprises the flagship Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc made in an elegantly restrained, edgy style with a strong mineral character; the slightly more expressive Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc and the fleshier Peacock Ridge, plump with concentrated fruit.
“Each of our Sauvignon Blancs is defined in part by the unique circumstances of soil, altitude and particular micro-climate of each individual vineyard. Although stylistically diverse, each carries an elegant mineral core and range of complex signatures, along with a great length which follows gracefully through onto the palate,” says Waterkloof winemaker Werner Engelbrecht.