The Blaauwklippen valley is situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch wine region, with the Helderberg mountain to the south and Simonsberg Mountain further north. The area has a relatively hot and dry climate, although maritime breezes arise from False Bay which aids the cultivation of white varieties in particular.
91% Cabernet Sauvignon , 4% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc
Winemaker, Mark Le Roux, has rated this vintage as one of Waterford Estates best to date. Winter was cut a little short with temperatures rising quickly in August, the growing season remained warm and dry bringing the harvest dates slightly forward. Moderate to cool conditions during ripening resulted in wines with expressive aromatics and flavours. Exceptional white and red wines from this vintage, very classic in style.
The Waterford Estate came about through the collaboration of two families – the Ords and the Arnolds – who purchased these prime vineyards sites in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley in 1998. They built a new winery and revitalised existing vines and orchards that were in place. The property now boasts 120 hectares in the heart of the Stellenbosch region. Kevin Arnold is cellar master and has over 20 years’ experience in the area.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the leading varietal on Waterford Estate, thanks to the optimal terroir found on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. Our region is known to produce Cabernet Sauvignon characterised by earthy aromatics, well-textured tannins and fresh finishes. These are some of the factors that contribute towards the area being renowned and distinguished for longevity of its wines.
This would pair well with a good steak and other classic red meat dishes.
In the press
Mark Le Roux describes this Cabernet Sauvignon-based red (there’s a little Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc in the mix) as Waterford’s “flagship wine”. It’s certainly a brilliant red, deliberately made in a fresher style. Focused and refined, with subtle graphite and green herb notes and a core of cassis leaf fruit. " 95 pts Tim Atkin MW South Africa 2018 Special Report