Waverley Hills is an olive and wine estate in between Tulbagh, Wolseley and Ceres, in the heart of the Tulbagh Wine Appellation. It is also organically farmed producing some delicious products, both olive and Wine. This week, the Estate launched two new wines to join its current range of award winning wines, the Waverley Hills Chardonnay 2016 and the Waverley Hills De Huijsbosch 2016, for which Johan Delport, winemaker has used red Bordeaux varieties.
The Waverley Hills Chardonnay 2016 is made from estate grown Chardonnay with the addition of a dollop of Semillon to add its wonderful fruit and an added gravitas.
Johan Delport has used interesting oaking regime, 15 months in new 300 litre oak barrels. 60% of the barrels were made from French oak. 40% of them were made from oak from Hungary. Of the 15 months, the wine spent on 8 on the lees. The wine was racked and returned to the barrels for the remaining 7 months before being prepared for bottling.
Bottled under a natural cork closure in a Burgundy shaped bottle with a simple elegant Waverley Hills livery. In the glass, a gem bright pale golden straw with green flashes. The nose is of ripe white fleshed peaches, melon, and lime skin oil. Desiccated banana and almond oak. The flavours are full and beautifully in harmony, balanced into a long and satisfying ending.
An ideal food wine. The restaurant on the Estate offers some interesting food options which would happily match this wine. I always think that a buttery roasted free range chicken is a perfect match. The wine would also suit a gentle Thai curry, or a vegetarian curry from Kerala in India. Try it with a simple slice of smoked salmon in fresh white bread. Delicious.
The grapes for the Waverley Hills De Huijsbosch 2016 came from low-yield organically certified vineyards. Low yielding vineyards provide grapes with a concentration of colour, smells and flavours. The wines for the blend were separately vinified and then matured for 5 months in French oak barrels. The blending took place, a composition of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% each of the other legendary Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The wine then spent a further 10 months in French oak barrels, before being prepared for bottling.
The wine is bottled under natural cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle, again with the simple elegant Waverley Hills livery. In the glass, it is a deep plum at the core which pales out to brick red at the edges. The expected whiffs of blackcurrants, graphite, lovely toasty oak and the lift of raspberry acidity. The tannins are cashmere clad, beautifully integrated with the fruit.
This is the perfect Sunday Roast lunch wine. A tranche of beef, real gravy, crispy and rustly roast potatoes. It would work as well with Aubergine Parmiggiana, or a good burger!
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