Mourvèdre is a late-ripening variety that thrives in abundant sunshine and has an affinity for cooling sea breezes. The most celebrated single-varietal expressions come from Bandol – the grape’s home on the Provence coast. When Mourvèdre is great, it offers the elegant structure of Bordeaux combined with the floral charm of Burgundy. Waterkloof proprietor Paul Boutinot is a lover of Bandol and found in Waterkloof the perfect site to grow Mourvèdre. Situated on the False Bay coast, it offers a very similar aspect, sea influence and climate to that of Bandol.
From two single vineyards, farmed biodynamically and about 4 km from the ocean, Nadia Barnard has produced South Africa’s finest single-cultivar Mourvèdre. The Waterkloof Circumstance Mourvèdre 2015 is elegant and fine-boned, with a haunting, perfumed nose and a savoury finish. This exciting wine affirms Boutinot’s vision and points to a bright future.
Only a limited quantity was produced and this is James’ red wine discovery of the year.
Waterkloof Circumstance Mourvèdre 2015 – R 185
First encountered in barrel, I was immediately impressed with the delicate perfume and lifted but restrained red fruit and spice. The nose is haunting, inviting constant re-visitation with a sense of crushed stone and earth. The palate follows with a fine core of dry tannins and a fresh, focused backbone. Needing another year to flesh out, this is an impressively refined wine and offers fresh drinking pleasure. Medium bodied. Drink: 2017-21. – James Pietersen, Wine Cellar