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Now into its fourth vintage, the Waterford Grenache proves that you don't have to be based in Piekenierskloof to make great examples of the southern Rhône's best grape.

Tim Atkin MW

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Single Vineyard Grenache Noir, Waterford Estate

Planted on the rockiest sandstone slopes of Waterford Estate in 2005, for the first 10 years the grapes from this vineyard were solely used to produce the Blanc de Noir.

Pristine red cherry and exotic fruits with touches of earthy clove spice. The palate has earthy, savoury flavours along with delicate dry tannins and a soft freshness to carry the fruit.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.6 g/L

pH

3.65

ACIDITY

3.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark le Roux

VARIETY

Grenache

TIME IN OAK

14 months.

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Another year of severe drought conditions, low winter rainfall and the occasional warm days during winter. Once the season got going, moderate to cool and windless conditions were perfect for flowering and fruit set leading to high crop potentials. From November onwards, warm burg wind conditions were experienced throughout creating stressful ripening conditions, but with early picking dates, lower alcohol wines with good freshness were made.

Vinification details

The wine is aged in roughly 30% Percaline jars, as well as large 500L old French oak barrels for a period of 14 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
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 winemaker Mark Le Roux.

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... this is the best single varietal release (of Grenache) yet from Mark Le Roux ...

Tim Atkin MW

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Single Vineyard Grenache Noir, Waterford Estate

Planted on the rockiest sandstone slopes of Waterford Estate in 2005, for the first 10 years the grapes from this vineyard were solely used to produce the Blanc de Noir.

Pristine red cherry and exotic fruits with touches of earthy clove spice. The palate has earthy, savoury flavours along with delicate dry tannins and a soft freshness to carry the fruit.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.0 g/L

pH

3.67

ACIDITY

4.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark Le Roux

VARIETY

Grenache

TIME IN OAK

14 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

2017 has been noted as one of the great vintage years in Stellenbosch. Drought conditions prevailed, but temperatures remained moderate-to-cool throughout the season, which resulted in optimal maturation of fruit, but no signs of warmth in the wines. The wines are extremely classical in style, showing tension in the firm and concentrated tannin structures. The cooler conditions also brought about great freshness and purity within the wines.

Vinification details

The wine is aged in roughly 30% Percaline jars, as well as large 500L old French oak barrels for a period of 14 months. 

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 winemaker Mark Le Roux.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss