Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc 2010
By Christian Eedes, 17 September 2013
It says something about the Sauvignon Blanc from Waterkloof on the slopes of the Schapenberg that I’ve written about it as often as I have. I liked the 2008 well enough here, was blown away by the 2009 here and then was underwhelmed by it here and most recently was confounded by the 2012 here. Something of a tempestuous relationship, it would appear.
Last night the 2010, fermentation beginning spontaneously in old 600-litre barrels and taking about a year to complete. This was less ripe, less oxidative and hence more compelling than the 2012 drunk the day before. Yellow apple through black currant, thankfully nothing “green” about it. Great concentration and the high-voltage acidity which is the hallmark of this wine. Once again an extraordinary analysis with the abv being 13.5%, RS 4.6g/l, TA 8.9 g/l and pH: 2.89.