INTEGRALITY AND INTEGRITY HARMONISE IN THIS CIRCLE OF LIFE BLEND
We have come to expect the best from Waterkloof wines, and I have yet to be disappointed. The estate’s fierce commitment to traditional organic and biodynamic methods is well-known and there is no doubt that these are reflected in the purity of their wines, accompanied by a delicacy that promotes, rather than restrains, expression of terroir. Add to this a natural elegance that has long been winemaker Nadia Barnard-Langenegger’s characteristic style, and you know what to expect as you unscrew the cap of the 2016 vintage of Waterkloof Circle of Life White.
Winelovers will be delighted to find the components listed on the front label – 67% sauvignon blanc, 29% chenin blanc and 4% splash of semillon. I found the sauvignon to be dominant both on the nose and slightly less so on the palate, but there are few typical chenin characteristics. The chenin has, however, softened the sauvignon's acidity and added a backdrop of flint Fruit is restrained, but adds roundness to the blend which lingers to a long, complex, satisfying and serene finish. Moderate alcohol levels are in keeping.
Winemaker Nadia co-fermented the sauvignon and chenin in a combo of 600 litre barrels and concrete “eggs.” No additives were used, and extended time on the lees and with bottle maturation contribute to the fine integration that is characteristic of this blend.
A persuasive example of the positive effects of eco-farming, organic and biodynamic vini- and viticulture, this retails for around R160.