Since Briton Paul Boutinot bought Waterkloof in 2004, ninety hectares have been planted with vines on windswept Schapenberg Hill overlooking False Bay, farmed by Christiaan Loots and his team according to biodynamic principles and a regenerative approach. 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 Waterkloof, a label reserved for single vineyards which offer something extraordinary. Until 2020, the Sauvignon introduced in 2005, was the only wine to carry this pinnacle designation. Now a syrah and chenin, also deemed worthy, have been added.
Waterkloof Syrah is from a 1.4 hectare single block on the south east facing slopes of the Schapenberg, at an altitude of 260m above sea level and only 4.5km from the ocean. Soils are of decomposed granite. Vines are trellised for support in the strong winds. Twenty four months ageing in old 600L French oak barrels.