Waterford Estate

The Jem Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.350 ratings
9.33 pro ratings
Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Barbera
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Goose, Game, Veal, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

The nose reveals; ripe blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, poached strawberries & blueberries. Vanilla, graphite, crushed granitic soils, steep black fruit tea, hints of pepper, fresh tobacco, fruit cola, light dark fruit liqueur notes with fresh red floral and violets.

The body is full with dark, big, meaty, tarry, sweet tannins. Fruits are nicely ripe. Blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, poached strawberries & blueberries. Vanilla, graphite, crushed granitic soils, steep black fruit tea, hints of pepper, fresh tobacco, fruit cola, light dark fruit liqueur notes with fresh red floral and violets. The acidity is very nice. The long, rich, ripe, well balanced and elegant. Beautiful wine. Best wine of the tasting.

Photos of; Waterford tasting bar, large oak vats- wood use is gently on their wines, cellar staff working the 19 vintage and their Estate vine surrounded with lush green vegetation and mountains.

The nose reveals; ripe blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, poached strawberries & blueberries. Vanilla, graphite, crushed granitic soils, steep black fruit tea, hints of pepper, fresh tobacco, fruit cola, light dark fruit liqueur notes with fresh red floral and violets.

The body is full with dark, big, meaty, tarry, sweet tannins. Fruits are nicely ripe. Blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, poached strawberries & blueberries. Vanilla, graphite, crushed granitic soils, steep black fruit tea, hints of pepper, fresh tobacco, fruit cola, light dark fruit liqueur notes with fresh red floral and violets. The acidity is very nice. The long, rich, ripe, well balanced and elegant. Beautiful wine. Best wine of the tasting.

Photos of; Waterford tasting bar, large oak vats- wood use is gently on their wines, cellar staff working the 19 vintage and their Estate vine surrounded with lush green vegetation and mountains.

May 3rd, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Forth red wine on the wine drive at Waterford. This is the flagship bottling at the Waterford Estate. Deep ruby red with slightly lighter edges. Interesting nose with violets, black raspberries, light olives and some red cherries. Medium plus to heavy tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Needs a little bit of time to integrate. Layered palate with dark berries, spices, sweet spices too, pepper and graphite. Very dry and long finish. Drink from 2018 till 2028.

A blend of as many of the 11 varietals grown on the estate, this specific bottling is made up of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Barbera and 2% Sangiovese. Aged for 21 months in 25% new French oak barrels and only 56 barrels produced or around 1,400 cases.

Forth red wine on the wine drive at Waterford. This is the flagship bottling at the Waterford Estate. Deep ruby red with slightly lighter edges. Interesting nose with violets, black raspberries, light olives and some red cherries. Medium plus to heavy tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Needs a little bit of time to integrate. Layered palate with dark berries, spices, sweet spices too, pepper and graphite. Very dry and long finish. Drink from 2018 till 2028.

A blend of as many of the 11 varietals grown on the estate, this specific bottling is made up of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Barbera and 2% Sangiovese. Aged for 21 months in 25% new French oak barrels and only 56 barrels produced or around 1,400 cases.

Dec 19th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Last wine for the Reserve Tasting at Waterford with Justin. Deep garnet ruby red. Layered nose starting off a bit herbal, spices, some wood notes and moving into some darker berries and earthy notes. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. A nice bit of spiciness on the palate with notes of peppercorn, dark cherries and earthy notes. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2023.

A blend of all the different varietals grown on the property, this specific bottling is made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, 7.5% Malbec, 7.5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Mourvèdre, 2.5% Sangiovese and 2.5% Barbera. Aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak barrels and only 23 barrels produced or around 575 cases.

Last wine for the Reserve Tasting at Waterford with Justin. Deep garnet ruby red. Layered nose starting off a bit herbal, spices, some wood notes and moving into some darker berries and earthy notes. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. A nice bit of spiciness on the palate with notes of peppercorn, dark cherries and earthy notes. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2023.

A blend of all the different varietals grown on the property, this specific bottling is made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, 7.5% Malbec, 7.5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Mourvèdre, 2.5% Sangiovese and 2.5% Barbera. Aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak barrels and only 23 barrels produced or around 575 cases.

Dec 19th, 2017
Ray S

Wow! Don't really know what else to say.

Wow! Don't really know what else to say.

1 person found it helpfulSep 30th, 2014
Veronica Maepa

Stellenbosch South Africa.......The Jem 2006.... Amazing!!!

Stellenbosch South Africa.......The Jem 2006.... Amazing!!!

1 person found it helpfulDec 15th, 2012
Phasmaster

A gift from atk. A nice drop from beginning to end. Smooth and black current.

A gift from atk. A nice drop from beginning to end. Smooth and black current.

Jul 8th, 2021
Manjiry Tamhane

2011. Absolutely stunning rich dark fruits, black cherry, plum with added depth of vanilla and cigar. Delightful

2011. Absolutely stunning rich dark fruits, black cherry, plum with added depth of vanilla and cigar. Delightful

Aug 15th, 2020
Joe Schenk

Paired with prime rib at friends home. Very nice

Paired with prime rib at friends home. Very nice

Feb 1st, 2020
Bernie Tenenbaum

Still spectacular.

Still spectacular.

May 25th, 2019
Bernie Tenenbaum

So great I had it two nights in a row!

So great I had it two nights in a row!

Mar 9th, 2019