75cl * Vegan * Organic * Sustainable * 13.5% ABV * Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Waterkloof Estate prides itself on following biodynamic winemaking and by not using chemical herbicides or pesticides, the end result is high-quality, terroir-driven wines with character and integrity. Mourvèdre is perfect for Waterkloof, with its head in the sun and feet in the sea, and is the most planted red grape on this biodynamic farm. The outstanding 2020 may be the best vintage yet.
Grapes are hand-harvested and brought to the cellar by horses for hand-sorting. Bunches are sorted and whole-bunch fermentation happens spontaneously with wild yeast in large, open-top wooden fermenters. Fermentation takes place in old 600 litre barrels then ageing for 24 months in the same vessels.
An elegant rendition of this often unruly varietal. Ripe, dark fruit with graphite notes on the nose with wild herb and lifted red berry aromas. Robust and concentrated with the dense yet fine tannins typical of the variety and with a freshness and lightness of touch, thanks to high natural acidity and moderate alcohol. It can be paired with a variety of dishes but should show well with wild boar or lamb on the grill.