It's been said that you shouldn't trust a vigneron if they don't have soil under their fingernails. By that notion, I'm not sure what to make of Waterkloof's head winemaker Nadia Barnard when we meet at their c...
The first thing you notice about this wine is the intense dark, almost inky color. It is a hint of the richness and opulence to come. The single lot of four classic Portuguese cultivars, all planted in 1965, are “field blended,” as they are hand harvested at the same time. The result is a smooth, rich, round, well integrated wine of berries and spice. Perfect with dark chocolate, stinky cheeses, or just a good book by a warm fire.
Creamy apples and pears slathered in toasty wood. The oak treatment is clear, even blatant. This is not a wine for those who prefer their Chards in stainless steel. For those who like rich, woody wines, though, this offers up toast, caramel, and Tres Leches. Drink with something that is already too rich, lobster with drawn butter, or even better, if in season, stone crabs.
Diversity is the ingredient that illuminates South Africa. Referred to as the “rainbow nation,” a title which reflects the country's multicultural spirit, South Africa is truly famous for its mixture of heritages and traditions. It is a place with 11 official languages and one of the world’s most diverse populations, and biologically speaking, it is ranked as the third most complex country in the world. Fulfilling its nature, the wines of the region also exemplify the immense diversity of South Africa in style and character.