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This comes from a combination of sandstone and gravel soils and is a bold, black-fruited number

Tim Atkin MW

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Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Waterford Estate

Shiraz is a variety chosen for its property of expressing a sense of place, and in this instance, vineyards surrounding Waterford in Stellenbosch.

Lovely aromatics of strong violets, dark plum fruits and liquorice. Layered into the aromatics, is found subtle earthiness and leather spice notes. The palate is generous and rich with well textured and sturdy tannins which will add many years to the ageing ability. The wine finishes with a cooler feel than expected, with the ocean influence maintaining a great natural acidity. (96% Shiraz, 4% Mourvedre)

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.70

ACIDITY

5.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark le Roux

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

TIME IN OAK

22 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

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

Vinification details

No new wood is used in the making of this wine, only Old French oaks barrels 225L, 300L
& 500L for 22 months. Whole berry fermentation and soft extraction methods (pumpovers only) have brought out the purity in the wine.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 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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... inky, savoury and intense...

Tim Atkin MW

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Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Waterford Estate

Shiraz is a variety chosen for its property of expressing a sense of place, and in this instance, vineyards surrounding Waterford in Stellenbosch.

Concentrated red and dark fruit with warm earthy aromatics can be found in this Stellenbosch Shiraz, accompanied by plum fruit and leather spice undertones. The 2016 vintage produced a lovely soft and velvety textured Shiraz, with the slight addition of Mourvèdre (12%) to build in a little tension in the finish of the wine.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.67

ACIDITY

5.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark Le Roux

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

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

No new wood is used in the making of this wine, using 225L Old French oak barrels, 4th fill and older. Whole berry fermentation and soft extraction methods (pumpovers only) have brought out the purity in the wine. 

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
Platter: 4*

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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