Waterford The Jem 2014
By Christian Eedes, 17 July 2019
When I last tasted the 2012 vintage of deluxe offering The Jem from Waterford in Stellenbosch, it was in the context of the Wine Cellar’s “Luxury Red Taste-off” held in April last year where I had the wine fourth out of 10 with a score of 92 on the 100-point quality scale.
The 2014 vintage was recently released, this consisting of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, 14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Mourvedre, 3% Sangiovese and 2% Barbera, maturation lasting 19 months in 225-litre French oak barrels, 32% new (alcohol: 14.6%). Wine Cellar price: R1 650 a bottle.
The nose shows top notes of floral perfume and leafiness before red and black fruit plus toasty oak and some spice while the palate is full bodied yet balanced – dense fruit and firm tannins, the finish super-dry. It’s as unshowy and carefully crafted as ever and deserves a place in the more well-heeled collector’s cellar.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
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