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Waterkloof, Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (1x75cl)

Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Organic: Yes
Biodynamic: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.5%
Product Code: SAST0168B20S
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£12.35
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Awarded 16 points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.comreviewer Tamlyn Currin - in May 2021 (see blue link below).

Waterkloof, Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2020 - jancisrobinson.com May 2021 review

The 2018 vintage was awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2019 edition article, Celebrating Sauvignon, picking out a global Top Twelve of Sauvignon(s) Blancs.

Waterkloof Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - November 2019 Decanter review

Founded by Paul Boutinot in 2004, Waterkloof is a family-owned, organic, biodynamic and WWF Biodiversity Champion farm 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 young 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.

Living soils and a natural approach to winemaking means that each of the single-varietal wines in the Circumstance range is truly defined by the circumstances influencing the chosen varietal and vineyard blocks, including: soil, aspect, altitude and vintage. These factors combine to produce low yields, balanced grapes and wines with a true sense of place. The Sauvignon Blanc is from three windswept, south-facing (less sun exposure) blocks 270-300m above and a mere 2 miles from The Atlantic. The vines are 20 years old and production was a miserly 4 tons per hectare. Waterkloof follow a traditional, minimalistic approach in their gravitational cellar which means interfering as little as possible with the winemaking process. This allows the flavours prevalent in that specific vineyard to ultimately express themselves in the wine.

To achieve this goal, all grapes are whole-bunch pressed, which ensures that juice is extracted in the gentlest way. The juice is then settled naturally for 24 hours. Naturally present wild yeast is employed to ferment the juice, mainly in old 600litre barrels (90%). This leads to a longer fermentation process with a slow release of aromas and a more structured palate. The natural fermentation process took 7-8 months to complete, after which the wine was left on the gross less for another 6 months. There are no added acid or enzymes during the winemaking process, with only a light filtration and a small addition of sulphur added as a preservative prior to bottling.

See also the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Waterkloof Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2020 - fiche technique

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Crushed laurel on the nose with more than a nuance of residual seaside salt. This has a big and textured palate with stone fruit and fennel hints – it is rich and minerally, showing even a slight rocky quality about it. As bracing as the wind through the vines at Waterkloof.