Aged for 19 months in 26% new, 225L French oak barrels.
Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts "Even in a tricky vintage like 2016, this remains a textbook Stellenbosch Cabernet that showcases all that is best about the variety in its Cape home from home."
With over two decades of producing this Estate wine, it has
systematically increased in quality, more consistently expressing
the terroir of the Helderberg. Wine shows off pure fruit and
earthy notes complimented by a classical pencil lead aroma. A
typical dry tannin structure with seamless balance to finish.
Planted on the rockiest sandstone slopes of Waterford Estate
A vintage which will be remembered for drought and heat.
Luckily for Waterford’s location on the Helderberg mountain
and the near proximity to the ocean, the vineyards could cool
down over night. The lack of water resulted in light bunches with
tiny berries, great for red wine colour and flavour. The heat also
resulted in wines being lower in acidity. Red wines performed
Classic red meat dishes seasoned with cracked sea salt pair well
but it also pairs well with other savoury dishes.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most suited varietal to Waterford
Estate soils, making up 35% of the total plantings. Planted
predominantly on sandstone rich soils with an upper loam layer
and underlying white clay to trap moisture. Clones split between
CS163, 46C and CS169.