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Waterford Estate

Herbal, earthy, spicy and dense, with considerable concentration and power.

Tim Atkin MW

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Waterford Estate's flagship blend, named after owner Jeremy Ord, or 'Jem'. This is a blend of different red varietals that represent the very best of the vintage at the estate.

Inviting aromatics of rich dark chocolate and plum fruit, with additional layers of earthy tones, clove spice, crushed violets and a combination of dark, red berries. The palate is well balanced, coated with velvety tannins which provide fullness, and a natural acidity that adds vibrance and elegance to the lasting finish. A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Shiraz, 9% Mourvèdre, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Sangiovese, 3% Barbera.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.64

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark Le Roux

VARIETY

Red Blend

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The 2015 vintage in Stellenbosch is described by winemaker Mark Le Roux as a vintage with seamless purity and palate texture. A moderate ripening season provided fruit with tension and natural acidity. The wines are characterised by savoury fruit, exotic spice and classic earthy aromas, with refined tannins. Winter was cut a little short with temperatures rising quickly in August, creating a longer growing season. Perfect conditions, which were windless, warm and dry, were experienced during flowering and early stages of vine growth.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 96 pts
Platter: 5*

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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... a scented, glossy, beautifully-weighted cuvée that has wonderful texture and mouthfeel, fine tannins and wild herb scents.

Tim Atkin MW

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Waterford Estate's flagship blend, named after owner Jeremy Ord, or 'Jem'. This is a blend of different red varietals that represent the very best of the vintage at the estate.

Intriguing aromatics of fresh fruit, wild spice, warmth and complexity complimented by the well-layered and integrated tannins to offer an elegant yet long-lasting finish that is classically dry and rewarding. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz,
 14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Mourvèdre, 3% Sangiovese and 2% Barbera.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.46

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark Le Roux

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

19 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

It was a good, long winter, but late rains and cold delayed the pruning. Great windless conditions experienced during flowering resulted in a high yielding vintage. February temperatures were extremely hot pushing ripening, which made for a quick harvest especially for white wines and resulted in the highest recorded tonnages for Waterford Estate to date. Whites were challenging but the red wines have impressed. 

Vinification details

After vinification the wine spent 19 months in 32% new, 225L French oak barrels.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 97 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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