Waterkloof Boreas

This award-winning Bordeaux blend is only bottled when the vineyards offer up something extraordinary!
Country, Region: South Africa, Stellenbosch
Grape: Cab Franc, Merlot, PV
Vintage: 2020
ABV: 14%
Food friend: Beef rib
£32.75 Single bottle
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Sublimely complex aromas of redcurrant, plum and red cherry with cedary spice and a hint of pencil shaving. The predominance of Cabernet Franc gives a wine of subtlety and elegance with lifted berry fruit and a supple, finely structured mid palate. Firm yet fine tannins frame the spicy, ethereal finish.

Founded by Paul Boutinot in 2004, Waterkloof is a family-owned farm using organic practices. The farm is perched high up on the windswept Schapenberg, overlooking False Bay and The Atlantic Ocean. Living soils, naturally low yields and a long growing season help provide talented Cellarmaster Nadia Barnard with naturally balanced grapes that are imbued with a truly defining sense of origin. Those grapes are then transformed into wine with a minimum of intervention. The resulting wines are fine, inimitable and best enjoyed with food.

A selection of grapes from across the estate's best blocks of Bordeaux varieties grown at an altitude of 240-250m with an average yield 17 hl/ha.

Hand-picked and hand-sorted grapes were whole bunch pressed (other than Cabernet Sauvignon) and naturally fermented in old, open-top, French oak foudres. Gentle maceration with foot treading and manual punch-downs. Ageing took place in French oak barriques and 9,000 ltr old oak foudres for 27 months. No fining, minimal filtration, no additions other than sulphur.

Decant 2 hours before serving with rib of beef or similar.

94 Points - Tim Atkin

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