The magic of the 2015 vintage continues to filter into the market with the release of the Waterford Cabernet Sauvignon. It is worth reiterating once again – never has there been such a time to purchase Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2015 Waterford is definitely a contender for their finest Cabernet yet and, once again, it offers a finely-tuned structure; perfect for long-ageing. It is deftly oaked with a moderate alcohol and its supremely elegant style suits the firm expression of the Helderberg terroir. Backward in style with a mineral core, the 2015 will take time to unravel as its chalky tannins and pure fruit provide the platform for two decades of ageing.
Another new-release is the Waterford Jem 2012 which received a Platter’s 5-Star, 95 points from Tim Atkin MW and 94 points from Christian Eedes. Firmly established as one of SA’s top luxury wines, the 2012 is simply sensational and from yet another benchmark Stellenbosch vintage. The elegant blend of eight varieties is seamlessly knit and offers a myriad of complexity, depth and flavour. Remarkably fresh and taut at 6 years of age, it will also drink well for two decades.
While the luxurious Jem has a luxury price tag, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is exceptional value for one of SA’s top Cabernet Sauvignons. These two wines place Waterford firmly at the apex of Stellenbosch reds.
Waterford, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – R 330
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.
Over a decade of producing this Estate wine, the wine is ever increasing in quality and becoming more consistent in expressing the terroir of the Helderberg Mountains. The wine shows off pure fruit and earthy notes complimented by a classical pencil lead aroma. A typical dry tannin structure with a seamless balance to finish. Winemaker, Mark le Roux, has rated this vintage as one of Waterford’s best to date. – Waterford Estate
Waterford, The Jem 2012 – R 1,450
Flagship from estate’s black grapes – Italian, Spanish and French – most planted since 1999. The dark, brooding 2012 is packed with juicy berry fruit and savoury spice. 30% new oak in harmonious support. Rich, lithe and deeply alluring, a wine for the long haul, like 2011 and previous. – Platter’s Guide, 5-stars
Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 42% of this unique, top-end cuvée, with seven other French and Italian varieties completing the blend. One of the best Jems yet, it’s elegant and floral, focused and poised, with seamless integration of the many components. Asian spices, fine- grained tannins and refreshing acidity are brilliantly combined. Drink: 2017-24. – Tim Atkin MW, 95/100
A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, 14% Merlot, 11% Cabernet franc, 4% Mourvèdre, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Barbera and 3% Sangiovese, it spent 19 months in French oak, 28% new. It’s got a wonderfully complex nose of red and black fruit, sea breeze, herbs, spice and earth. The palate is rich but balanced – dense fruit, fresh acidity, the finish long and savoury. Powerful in the best sense, this seems immensely age-worthy. – Christian Eedes, 94/100