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Circumstance Cabernet Franc Waterkloof - Buon Vino Biodynamic Wine
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Circumstance Cabernet Franc Waterkloof 2016/17

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One Line Description Circumstance Cabernet Franc Waterkloof Estate, biodynamic, lesser known of the Bordeaux grapes, making a Bordeaux style wine from the New World.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country South Africa South African
Region Stellenbosch, SA
Producer Waterkloof
Vintage 2017
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol 12.5% abv
Maturation Old barriques for 23 months
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years
Production Detail Biodynamic wine, no additions other than sulphur, punching down and pigeage by hand and foot, unfined.
Natural Features Vegan, Unfined


Circumstance Cabernet Franc Waterkloof Estate, biodynamic, lesser known of the Bordeaux grapes, making a Bordeaux style wine from the New World. The new Cabernet Franc from the great natural estate nestled in the hills above False Bay is from two adjoining, windswept, south-facing (less sun exposure) blocks 240-260 msl and a mere 2 miles from The Atlantic. These factors combine to produce low yields and very balanced grapes with great natural acidity. Grapes are hand-harvested and brought to the cellar by horses for hand-sorting. De-stemming and sorting takes place and fermentation happens spontaneously with wild yeast in large, open-top wooden fermenters. Manual punch-downs or foot-pressing pigeage take place 1-2 times per day and the wine is left on skins for 35 days before going through malolactic fermentation in mainly old barriques then ageing for 23 months in the same vessels. No fining, just a light filtration. No additons other than a little sulphur. Fresh but full Cabernet Franc, red fruits, pencil, green pepper and crunch. Excellent example of clean, juicy natural wine at a great price.

The Waterkloof estate was founded in 2004, ending Paul Boutinot’s (of the epynomous importing business based in Gatley, Manchester!) persistent and uncompromising 10 year search for a vineyard site with the potential to produce truly fine wine with a defining sense of origin. Located on the south-facing slopes of Schapenberg Hill near Somerset West in the Stellenbosch district of the Western Cape’s Coastal Region, Waterkloof shares its magnificent Atlantic views with free-roaming peacocks and other natural fauna and flora attracted to this haven. Certified Biodynamic by Demeter in 2015, very quickly after deciding to pursue natural farming, their vineyards are of only a few in the Cape to boast official biodynamic approval and status. The estate has 56 hectares under vine and Tim Atkin’s Cape Classification currently ranks Waterkloof as 5th Growth level. With production around 165,000 bottles per year, Waterkloof make honest wines from their unique biodynamic coastal site. Respect for nature, traditional wine making practices and minimal intervention are all key to their success. The wines have a lovely approachable drinkability, showing that biodynamic doesn't mean weird and funky. The wines please most palates but retain their own uniqueness and style, a testament to Mr Boutinot's understanding of wine and wine drinkers.

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