The Waterkloof Estate was founded in 2004, ending Paul Boutinot’s persistent and uncompromising 10 year search for a vineyard site with the potential to produce truly fine wine with a defining sense of origin. Located on the south-facing slopes of Schapenberg Hill near Somerset in the Stellenbosch district of the Western Cape’s Coastal Region, Waterkloof shares its magnificent Atlantic views with free-roaming peacocks and other natural fauna and flora attracted to this haven. Certified by Demeter in 2015, their vineyards are of only a few in the Cape to boast official biodynamic approval and status. The estate has 56 hectares under vine and Tim Atkin’s Cape Classification currently ranks Waterkloof as 5th Growth level. With production around 165,000 bottles per year, Waterkloof make “honest wines” from their unique biodynamic coastal site. Respect for nature, traditional winemaking practices and minimal intervention are all key to their success.
The Waterkloof portfolio consists of: Waterkloof, Circumstance, Circle of Life, Seriously Cool and False Bay.
Extensive experience in working with the Pinotage grape, provided False Bay Vineyards with the knowledge to bring out the best in the varietal by relying on low yielding, old, untrellised bush vines. This approach seems to change a grape that is more beast than beauty into something extraordinary. We know that Pinotage will never be a sleek, suave international showstopper, but it is a proudly South African varietal that allures with an authentic, earthy flavour like no other grape. Stunted plantings, reminiscent of twisted bonsai trees, seriously deliver on greatness – fruit so dense that it needs the tough love of open top fermenters to dispel the volatile esters. Since there is no Old World style to emulate, their journey with Pinotage thus far, has been quite an adventure. The grapes for the False Bay Pinotage stem from 30 year and older, unirrigated bush vines in the warmer Paarl region. The attraction to these vineyards were the very small berries brimming with fruit concentration.
As with all the reds in the False Bay Range, native or wild yeasts were allowed to complete the fermentation process. After de-stemming, berries were fermented in stainless steel tanks. From the onset of fermentation, all the juice was racked from the skins, once a day. It was then pumped back over the skins after an hour. This was combined with a pump-over, once a day, until fermentation was complete. Fermentation took place at temperatures of 26°C to 30°C (at the height of fermentation). The wine was drained from the skins after fermentation had completed. No press juice was added to the wine. The wine was then aged in large oak vats for 8 months, which tempered the Pinotage tannins, as it allows slow oxygen ingress resulting in a more elegant wine.
This wine has a bright nose of summer pudding and cream. The palate has a savoury earthiness redolent of its sandy provenance.
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Name False Bay Bush Vine Pinotage Country South Africa Region Westeren Cape ABV% 14% Vintage 2016 Grape Variety 100% Pinotage Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans