2009 Waterkloof "Circumstance" Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch South Africa

SKU #1117683

This is a new Direct Import for K&L, so not only is it a fabulous wine, but it's an exceptional value, too. Our very own Ryan Woodhouse describes it like this: "Great Cab! A lovely balanced between rich, soft, saturated fruit and some smoky cedar and mint nuances. Many South African reds can be overtly smoky (something I attribute to the unique flora and fauna of the country), but this wine has subtly complex smoke that doesn't dominate the flavor profile. The wine has some grippy tannins that help lengthen the inky concentration of fruit on the palate. Very good." (For more about the new Waterkloof range, check out K&L Uncorked at Blog.KLWines.com.)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/27/2013  | Send Email
South Africa is a treasure trove of well priced wines that have a ton of character and we are lucky to be representing a top winery like Waterkloof. The Circumstance Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch has the virtues of both the old and the new world with lots of rich black fruit but also a refreshing, drinkable, food friendly structure that one rarely encounters outside of Bordeaux. When I tasted it at our recent South African staff tasting it immediately reminded me of the 1994 Leoville Barton that I drank with my father over the weekend because of its fresh, ready for steak finish. Time to through a bone-in rib eye on the grill and pop this Waterkloof open!
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
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