“When you don’t overdo the winemaking, the Helderberg gives you Cabernet Sauvignon with great structure and a distinct dryness,” says Kevin Arnold, cellarmaster at Waterford in that particular area of Stellenbosch. Yesterday a vertical of the property’s Cab from 2006 to 2010.
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec. Very concentrated dark fruit, fresh acidity, firm tannins. Rich and broad, slightly lacking in focus but has a rustic appeal. Drink now.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark fruit, pronounced herbal edge, toasty oak on the nose and palate. Rich and full with driving acidity and slightly astringent tannins.
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Ultra-ripe dark fruit on the nose and palate. A herbal edge also in evidence. Slightly hollow on the mid-palate, relatively soft tannins. Easy drinking.
2009 (Current release – price: R165)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Red and black fruit plus some dark chocolate (appealingly so) on the nose and palate. Rich but balanced – good concentration, fresh acidity, firm but fine tannins. Classic Stellenbosch Cab.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. Red and black berries on the nose. More medium bodied with clean fruit, fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins. Elegant and age-worthy.