Waterkloof Chenin Blanc, WO Stellenbosch - Boutinot
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Waterkloof Chenin Blanc, WO Stellenbosch 2021

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Waterkloof

Seventeen years after the launch of Waterkloof Sauvignon, a second wine has finally been added to the range. From the estate’s oldest, highest block of Chenin on the upper slopes of The Schapenberg, it's well worth the wait.

Meet the producer

Founded by Paul Boutinot in 2004, Waterkloof is a family-owned farm using organic practices. The farm is perched high...

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Production

Hand picked Chenin Blanc grapes from a single block on the Schapenberg, 5km from the sea. The grapes are hand sorted and whole bunch pressed, then wild yeast fermented in 600l French oak barrels. The wine spends 10 months on lees without stirring. No additions were made other than sulphur. 4386 bottles were made.

Tasting notes

A ripe yet restrained, complex nose showing quince, white peach and yellow apple, with a hint of fennel. The palate has great concentration of honeyed, lightly floral fruit, perfectly balanced by taut acidity and minerality. The wine lingers with hints of ripe apricot and honey and will no doubt age gracefully for many years.

Food match

Try with light seafood pasta dishes and risottos, goats cheese salad or roasted butternut squash.

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