Dry, naturally fermented Mourvèdre rosé made with serious intent
Waterkloof Estate celebrates its decade of winemaking in harmony with nature on the outskirts of Somerset West with the release of the tenth vintage of its elegantly dry rosé, Cape Coral 2015.
Styling with a fresh new label in the estate’s site specific Circumstance range, this naturally fermented rosé is made with 100% Mourvèdre grapes and enjoys world recognition as a serious pink wine.
In addition to changing the way the Waterkloof Estate was farmed over the past ten years, converting it from a conventional to a fully-fledged biodynamic farm, there was also reassessment regarding which grape varieties were most suitable for this idyllic site on the slopes of the Schapenberg.
“In our quest to produce truly fine wines of vitality, individuality and sustainability, emphasis was placed on matching variety to terroir, rather than planting varieties that were popular in the market. All the ‘experts’ told us to steer clear of Mourvèdre, as it is an unsellable and difficult variety in the wrong place. Today Mourvèdre is the most planted red variety on the estate and the results are bearing fruit in our Cape Coral Rosé,” shares Waterkloof’s proprietor, Paul Boutinot.
“To produce elegant wines with a true sense of origin, it is essential to plant a varietal which is best adapted to the area. We believe that Mourvèdre should always be able to see the ocean and so it does in our rocky granite soils, where warm summers and cooling breezes from False Bay impart great flavours and remarkable complexity to the fruit. Waterkloof and Bandol in Provence bear some striking similarities,” adds winemaker Nadia Barnard.
Is Waterkloof the Cape’s answer to Bandol? Esteemed British wine critic, Jancis Robinson, seems to agree with Nadia as she featured the Cape Coral as her Wine of the Week earlier in the year, describing it “to all intents and purposes as a great value alternative to a dry, herby Bandol rosé.”
“This is substantial, grown-up rosé that has nothing whatever to do with anything girly, even though the highly competent winemaker is female,” Jancis added.
Brimming with vitality and showing great harmony, the Cape Coral Rosé 2015 is a sophisticated rendition that challenges the frivolous stereotypes that are often associated with rosé wines.
The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed for the gentle extraction of the finest juices, while no further maceration on the skins was allowed. The alcoholic fermentation of the 2015 vintage started spontaneously with wild yeasts that occur naturally in the vineyard. This was completed in older wooden vats to ensure a slow ingress of oxygen throughout the time-honoured process and therefore a longer fermentation without picking-up any oak aromas.
With its pale pink coral hue, Waterkloof’s Cape Coral Rosé 2015 allures with sensual floral aromas and hints of minerality on the nose. The palate is soft, fresh and supple with red berries and a hint of savoury spice, whilst a well-balanced acidity adds to a clean, dry finish.
Serve this wine chilled on its own or marry it with fresh seafood pleasures such as salmon and oysters, Thai dishes or crisp salads.
The Cape Coral Rosé 2015 retails at R95 a bottle and is available at the Waterkloof cellar, selected wine outlets and leading restaurants.
For more information or wine orders contact Waterkloof Estate at Tel: 021 858 1292 or