Since Briton Paul Boutinot bought Waterkloof in 2004, ninety hectares have been planted with vines on windswept Schapenberg Hill overlooking False Bay. Fynbos covers the remainder of the 189 hectare estate. Schapenberg (Afikaans for ‘Sheep Mountain’) nestles almost in the centre of the embrace of the Hottentots-Holland and Helderberg mountains.
The wine range is headed by the flagship Waterkloof range, a label reserved for single vineyards which offer something extraordinary. The first – a Sauvignon Blanc – was made in 2005. Finally, seventeen years later their best block of Chenin made the grade and so a second was borne from the outstanding white wine vintage of 2021. Since taking over as winemaker in 2013, having previously been assistant since 2009, Nadia Langenegger and her team have really begun to get the best out of their red grapes. Tasting the 2020 red wines from barrel they realized that this would be the first vintage to offer up a Waterkloof red and along came Waterkloof Syrah 2020. However, such was the quality of the red wines across various blocks and grapes on Waterkloof, they also trialed a blend from the best parcels of Bordeaux grape varieties (51% Cabernet Franc/25% Merlot/14% Petit Verdot/10% Cabernet Sauvignon). The result? Their vinous apogee, named after the fiercest wind god and face of Waterkloof – BOREAS.
Blend: Cabernet Franc/ Merlot/ Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon