Equivalent Bottle Price 13.99
Circumstance Chardonnay is made from a small block which produces the best quality Chardonnay grapes on the low yielding and windswept slopes of Schaapenberg. Strong winds churn up the vineyards with regularity, which allows for low production and intense flavours. The vineyards are 5 kilometres from the sea, and are planted at a height of between 250 and 280 meters above sea level. The soils are of sandstone origin with medium size stones, helping with drainage but retaining the ability to retain moisture. The vineyard is 16 years old and production was approximately 4 tons/ha. No irrigation was necessary. All grapes are picked on taste and whole-bunch pressed for the gentle extraction of the purest juices. It is then allowed to settle for 24 hours without the addition of any settling agents, after which we rack the clean juice to our concrete egg fermenter. This wine fermented for about 4 months and was left on the primary lees without the addition of sulphur for a further 4 months. Waterkloof also rely on natural, wild yeast fermentation to allow a slow release of aromas and a more structured palate.
A restrained wine with notes of stone fruit, flintiness and lime on the nose. The palate is well balanced with fresh acidity and a lingering aftertaste. This is a clear expression of a fabulous vintage from the hands of the highly talented Nadia Barnard.
Numerous dishes will complement this wine but we recommend a prawn risotto as the acid will balance out the richness of the pasta.