This was the 3rd year of drought in the Western Cape, this being very noticeable in the natural mountain vegetation and low dam levels. Low winter rains but followed by near perfect growing conditions, moderate temperatures and lack of heat waves during harvest. Vineyards remained very healthy and produced lovely bunches, smaller than usual berries giving great concentration. Wines are extremely classical in style, with tight tannin structures and lovely acidities. Reds are going to be great talking points in the future.
Driven by vibrant red cherry fruit and well complimented by beautiful sweet mulberries, sun-dried tomatoes and tobacco leaf. The palate shows off a lot of red fruit freshness and liveliness. The tannins are dry and classical but come across as gentle and fruit driven.
The Sangiovese is a single vineyard planted on rockiest sandstone slopes found on Waterford Estate. The Cabernet Sauvignon is also from Waterford Estate.