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Cabernet Sauvignon, Waterford Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most suited varietal to Waterford Estate soils, making up 35% of the total plantings.

With over two decades of producing this Estate wine, it has systematically increased in quality, more consistently expressing the terroir of the Helderberg. Wine shows off pure fruit and earthy notes complemented by a classical pencil lead aroma. A typical dry tannin structure with seamless balance to finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.57

ACIDITY

5.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark Le Roux

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGAN

Yes

ORGANIC

Yes

Vintage conditions

The third year of drought in the Western Cape was very noticeable in the natural mountain vegetation and low dam levels. Low winter rains were followed by near perfect growing conditions, moderate temperatures and lack of heat waves during the harvest. The vineyards remained very healthy and produced lovely bunches, smaller than usual berries giving great concentration. The resulting wines are extremely classical in style, with tight tannin structures and lovely acidities. Reds are going to be great talking points in the future.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
IWC: Silver
Vinous: 92 pts

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate, Waterford also has Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) accreditation and is a member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative (BWI).

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With cellarmaster Kevin Arnold. (Apologies for the sound quality)

 

 

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Even in a tricky vintage like 2016, this remains a textbook Stellenbosch Cabernet that showcases all that is best about the variety in its Cape home from home.

Tim Atkin MW

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Waterford Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most suited varietal to Waterford Estate soils, making up 35% of the total plantings.

With over two decades of producing this Estate wine, it has systematically increased in quality, more consistently expressing the terroir of the Helderberg. Wine shows off pure fruit and earthy notes complemented by a classical pencil lead aroma. A typical dry tannin structure with seamless balance to finish. A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.9 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.59

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark Le Roux

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

TIME IN OAK

19 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

A vintage which will be remembered for drought and heat. Luckily Waterford’s location on the Helderberg mountain and the near proximity to the ocean allowed the vineyards to cool down overnight. The lack of water throughout the ripening season resulted in light bunches with tiny berries, giving the wines great colour and flavour. 

Vinification details

Aged for 19 months in 26% new, 225L French oak barrels.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate, Waterford also has Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) accreditation and is a member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative (BWI).

Tasting video

With cellarmaster Kevin Arnold. (Apologies for the sound quality)

 

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