Paired with prime rib at friends home. Very nice — 16 days ago
The 2017 Grenache is made 30% in concrete egg and 70% in used oak.
The nose reveals; spicy, red & blue fruits. Beautiful, ripe fruit with very pronounced beautiful florals. Leaner blackberries, sour dark cherries, blue fruits, strawberries, dark, rich soils, dry crushed granite soils, vanillin notes with bright, strong red and blue florals.
The body is lean for Grenache. It’s starts with bright red & blue fruits and slides into dark, medium intensity spices. Lean and almost burgundy in style. Blackberries, sour dark cherries, blue fruits, strawberries, dark, rich soils, dry crushed granite soils, vanillin notes with bright, strong red and blue florals. The acidity is magnificent. The finish is very well balanced, ripe and polished.
Photos of; the entrance to Waterford, fireplace in their tasting room, stainless steel tanks hanging from the ceiling with walkways (saves some money of not building a complete floor while maintaining gravity flow) and their numerous olive trees. — 9 months ago
Leathery ripe red fruits with some nervy pepper notes. Good effort! — a year ago
@Delectable Wine this is the Waterford Estate The Library Collection Edition: Grenache Blanc
Last wine to try at the Waterford Estate. Light pale yellow. Light and refreshing nose with white flowers, citrus fruits and melon. Medium plus acidity (6.5/10) and light bodied. Light and fruity on the palate with lots of tropical notes. Medium plus acidity. Drink till 2020. — 2 years ago
Aged in 20 months in barrel. All used oak. Large & small barrels.
The nose reveals; a touch of funk, sour notes on the fruit, blackberries, blue & purple fruits, black raspberries, black licorice, whiff of herbaceous notes, some white & black pepper, dark rich soils, black cherry cola, crush rocks, soft wood notes with; violets, lavender, red & purple flowers.
The body is medium with firm, tarry, chewy tannins. The fruits are bright and juicy and falls into dusty dark earthiness. Sour notes on the fruit, blackberries, blue & purple fruits, black raspberries, black licorice, whiff of herbaceous notes, some white & black pepper, dark rich soils, sandstone, black cherry cola, crush rocks, dry stones, soft wood notes with; violets, lavender, red & purple flowers. The acidity is high and waterfallish. The finish is leaner, nicely balanced & ripe.
Photos of; the entrance to Waterford, tasting patio, Waterford grounds and large tasting table.
— 9 months ago
@Delectable Wine this is the 2017 Waterford Estate Cape Winemakers Guild ‘1988 Kept Aside’ Chardonnay.
Our first time every at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction and we will make sure to come back! (Tasting was on 9/28/18).
Eighth wine at the Friday Auction Tasting for the Cape Winemakers Guild and sixth still white wine. This is made up of 100% Chardonnay by Kevin Arnold from Stellenbosch. Aged for a total of eleven months on the lees with no malolactic fermentation. Only 50 cases produced with 36 being auctioned in 2018. Sadly this was Kevin's last year as a member of the Guild as he has decided to retire.
Light greenish yellow in appearance, seeming insanely young. Creamy nose with some light butter, green tree fruits, and some citrus zest. Medium acidity (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with some light butterscotch, overripe green apples, peaches and minerality on the back end. Medium plus finish. Drink till 2024.
$$ - Tasted at the Cape Winemakers Auction. Average bid at auction was R3,422.00 ($40.30 a bottle) a case. Highest bid was R4,200.00 ($49.46 a bottle) and lowest bid was R3,000.00 ($35.33 a bottle).
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— a year ago
Powerful and restrained all at once. Beautiful. More of this style of Cab, please. — 9 months ago
This is an old vine Chardo nnay from 30 year old vines. It spends 9 months in 1-3 year old used oak barrels.
The nose reveals; big butter, buttered popcorn, green apple, old lemon, lime, overripe pineapple, butterscotch, creme brûlée, caramel notes, toast with yellow lilies/flowers.
The body is full, thick and just a touch waxy. Butter, buttered popcorn, green apple, old lemon, lime, overripe pineapple, butterscotch, creme brûlée, caramel notes, honey notes, toast, nice volcanic minerality with yellow lilies/flowers. Big, round wonderful acidity and a rich, lush, well balanced finish that persists.
Photos of; their tasting patio, etched concrete egg, Estate vines and the manmade pond on the property for aesthetics and reserve water vine irrigation. — 9 months ago
@Delectable This is 2018 Chenin Blanc.
This is an old vine Chenin. The wine averaged about 40 years.
The nose reveals, wet wool, tropical fruit blend, lemon curd, ripe pineapple, white peach, some lime, soft crisp yet grippy minerality with Jasmine and yellow lilies.
The body is thick and full. wet wool, tropical fruit blend, lemon curd, ripe pineapple, white peach, some lime, honey notes, hint of salted caramel, soft crisp yet grippy minerality with Jasmine and yellow lilies. Beautiful round acidity and rich, lush well polished finish.
This will benefit with five plus years in bottle.
Photos of; the logo art in their tasting room, cellar tasting room, barrel room and Estate vines with beautiful lush green mountains painting the background. — 9 months ago