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Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2009 vs. 2010

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With apologies to Elton John.

Yesterday, two vintages of Circle of Life White, the blend from Somerset West property Waterkloof conceived to “represent the totality of the property” rather than following any established style. Hence, the wine is Sauvignon Blanc led while also including Chenin Blanc and Semillon.

The 2010 has good fruit concentration and is perhaps the more conventionally pleasing wine (alc 14%, RS 3.2 g/l, TA 6.8g/l, pH 3.17) but I liked the idiosyncratic 2009 (alc: 14.0%, RS 5.6 g/l, TA 8.4g/l, pH: 3.05). It has the start of some interesting tertiary character, thick but not unctuous texture and an acidity that really makes you sit up and take notice. Score for 2009: 16.5/20; 2010: 16/20.

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