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WATERFORD ESTATE The Jem 2015 Bottle/nc

Red Still Wine | South Africa | Stellenbosch | 75cl


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Red Wine

Size: 75cl
Closure Type: Cork
Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grapes: Merlot, Syrah/Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Sangiovese, Barbera, Petit Verdot


Waterford iconic flagship blend, named after the owner of Waterford Estate, Jeremy Ord, or “Jem”, as he is affectionately known. This is a master blend of different red varietals that collectively epitomise the best of the vintage at Waterford Estate.

The goal with this wine is to truly express the diversity of our terroir, and more specifically our soils. The blend is comprised of different grape varietals all grown on the property. Cabernet Sauvignon serves as the base and the blend is completed by different varietals of Mediterranean (Shiraz, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Barbera).

Inviting aromatics of rich dark chocolate and plum fruit, with additional layers of earthy tones, clove spice, crushed violets and a combination of dark, red berries. The palate is well balanced and effortlessly complements the aromatics. Coated with velvety tannins which provide fullness, and a natural acidity that adds vibrance and elegance to the lasting finish. Displaying a classic dry profile, generosity on the palate, and texture that fully represents its heritage.

Grapes: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Shiraz, 9% Mourvedre, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet franc, 3% Sangiovese, 3% Barbera.

The 2015 vintage in Stellenbosch is described by Winemaker Mark le Roux as a vintage with seamless purity and palate texture. A moderate ripening season provided fruit with tension and natural acidity. The wines are characterised by savoury fruit, exotic spice and classic earthy aromas, with refined tannins. Winter was cut a little short with temperatures rising quickly in August, creating a longer growing season. Perfect conditions, which were windless, warm and dry, were experienced during flowering and early stages of vine growth.

Dark ruby, with a Morello cherry rim. Expressing soft worn leather, cocoa bean, blackberries, cloves, black peppercorn and charcoal silk cherries and warm spiced red fruit in the end note remain crafted on the finish.

This wine displays consistently in terms of its colour and expression, but with evolutionary notes of Cuban cigars and spiced cedar, mulberry and damson fruit and the further exploration of the clove and pepper spice. The wine remains youthful and poised with elegant silky tannins which grip the palate.

Chocolate and liquorice, with a hint of incense, and forest floor. Cherry, leather and blackberries are constant with wonderful clove and Indonesian spices. The wine remains generous and youthful, driven through the grape first, ensuring longevity and ageing potential.

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