2018 Waterkloof Sauvignon blanc

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Type of Wine White
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Appellation Stellenbosch (Appellatie)
Winery Waterkloof
Vintage 2018
Grape Sauvignon Blanc
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2020 - 2026
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Waterkloof, founded by Frenchman Paul Boutinot, is located in the Helderberg 'ward', within the Stellenbosch district. The vineyards are located a few kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean. Paul and his right-hand man, Christiaan Loots, work organically and biodynamically and the vineyards are only entered with horses, no tractors. In just a few years, Waterkloof has built up a strong reputation. When you drive into the farm you will see the cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and horses that we use for their manure, weed control and many other purposes. The soils are free of chemicals and are kept healthy by using plant extracts, fungi and bacteria from our own natural compost. By healthier soils we mean vines with roots that dig deeper than 5 meters, which really expresses the terroir.

The Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc was born on the southwestern, low-yielding and windswept slopes of the Schapenberg (overlooking False Bay). Here the stormy southeast (and sometimes also the northwest wind) regularly blows onto the vineyards. This not only ensures a very low yield, but the flavors intensify to a flint-like minerality. Here too, we use only organic and biodynamic winemaking methods and adhere to ancient, sustainable practices in our vineyards to ensure that the vines are nourished and balanced. Our soils are chemical-free and kept healthy by plant extracts, fungi and bacteria from our own organic compost.

As you drive through the entrance to Waterkloof you will be welcomed by work horses, angora goats, sheep, chickens and pigs. These animals are an integrated part of Waterkloof's philosophy to always use natural alternatives to feed our soil and cultivate the land. The Waterkloof Sauvignon has been voted the Best Sauvignon Blanc many times and that is not surprising because it is a great wine. The grapes come from a single vineyard located about four kilometers from the sea and planted at an altitude between 270 and 300 meters above sea level. The soils are sandstone with medium sized stones, which helps with drainage and moisture retention.

They follow a 'less is more', minimal intervention winemaking philosophy and the grapes are regularly tasted to determine optimal ripeness and flavor development before being picked. The grapes are picked early in the morning when they are still cool, so that the flavors are preserved. Extracting juice from the skins of the grapes is accomplished by very, very gentle pressing. This is the most delicate way to extract the juice. After resting at a cool temperature for 24 hours, the juice is led to the fermentation vats. We rely only on naturally occurring, wild yeasts to start and complete the fermentation process (and this is possible because no chemicals/poisons are used).

All the juice was fermented in used 600 liter oak barrels. After a very slow fermentation process of about 8 months on its lees. This long-term alcoholic fermentation ensures that the juice is in continuous contact with the yeasts/residues, which gives the wine more complexity and weight. The Water Gap Sauvignon is the Flagship of Water Gap. The wine is very complex and with every sniff or sip you taste multiple layers. It is packed with flavor with notes of lime and stone fruit complemented by a nice minerality and hint of fennel. The taste is well structured and nicely balanced, with the natural acidity contributing to a long finish. Lots of texture on the palate with a fine, mineral finish.

FACT: In keeping with the philosophy of minimal intervention, the Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc is not stabilized with protein and only coarse filtration is applied prior to bottling. This can cause (tartrate) crystals to form if it is stored under cold conditions for a longer period of time. This has no negative effect on the quality or taste of Waterkloof's flagship; the wine can be easily decanted when it appears.

Vineyard for 2018 Waterkloof Sauvignon blanc

Founded by the Frenchman Paul Boutinot, Waterkloof is located in the 'ward' Helderberg, within the Stellenbosch district. The vineyards are located a few kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean. Paul and his right-hand man, Christiaan Loots, work in an organic and biodynamic way and the vineyards are only entered with horses, no tractors. In just a few years, Waterkloof has built up a strong reputation. When you enter the farm you will see the cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and horses that we use for their manure, weed control and many other purposes. The soils are free of chemicals and are kept healthy by using plant extracts, fungi and bacteria from our own natural compost. By healthier soils we mean vines with roots that dig deeper than 5 meters, which really expresses the terroir.

These traditional methods, combined with a breezy southwest vineyard, make for a balanced and naturally low yielding vine that produces intense flavours. The vineyards are located about 5 kilometers from the sea and are planted at an altitude between 270 and 300 meters above sea level. The soils are of sandstone origin with medium sized stones, which aid in drainage and also moisture retention. The vineyards are on average 21 years old.

The winemaking philosophy is the same for all of Waterkloof's premium white wines. They follow a traditional, minimalistic approach, which means we interfere with the winemaking process as little as possible. This allows the flavors prevalent in that particular vineyard to be reflected in the wine. To achieve this, all grapes are harvested for taste, hand-picked, hand-sorted and finally pressed whole bunch in a modern press, so that they can extract the purest juice in the gentlest possible way. The juice is then naturally settled for 24 hours. Because no chemicals are sprayed into the vineyard, the wild yeast can be used to ferment the juice in used 600 liter oak barrels. This leads to a longer fermentation process with a slow release of aromas and a more textured palate. The natural fermentation process took 6 months, after which the wine is allowed to mature for another 2-4 months. No acid or enzymes are added during the winemaking process, with just light filtration and a small minimalistic addition of sulfur as a preservative prior to bottling.

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Type of Wine White
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Appellation Stellenbosch (Appellatie)
Winery Waterkloof
Grape Sauvignon Blanc
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2018
Drinking as of 2020
Drinking till 2026
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Promotion Last bottles, On Sale
Parker rating 90
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Light, Tense, Tropical fruit, White fruit
Drink moments Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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