I had first come across Waterkloof wines while doing research into Biodynamic farming practices in the South African wine industry. I found the topic at times to be rather uninspiring, until I came across the amazing images on Waterkloof’s website of sophisticated food and stunning architecture: all in an amazing location, with views all the way to the ocean.
I made some time to drive out to Waterkloof, Somerset West and at no time did I regret the journey. The estate tumbles down the mountainside, beautiful vines burst with Spring greenness, all fringed with fynbos. The restaurant and winery building is striking, and immediately inviting.
The dining room is modern, yet warm and welcoming and the windows gave us a breathtaking view while also shielding us from the wind (essential on a Cape summer’s day!). The service was polished, with just enough attention and interaction with the waitstaff and the menu was very well thought out. (I won’t speak in detail about the food, as the menu changes seasonally, and you’ll very likely enjoy different dishes.) The ingredients are fresh and vibrant, with a strong focus on presentation and contrasting textures.
The food itself was impressive, but it was really Waterkloof’s considered wine pairing that stands out in my memory. The wine service was professional, practiced and in a subtle way reminded us that Waterkloof is essentially a wine estate with a restaurant and not the other way around. The Circumstance Cape Coral Mouvedre Rosé blew me away, and at last I am relieved and excited to say that I have found a Cape Rosé worthy of its French cousins. The winemakers at Waterkloof have done well to give this underrated grape, Mouvedre, the attention and care it deserves and in return, Mother Nature has given us a damn fine bottle of wine. A salmon blush wine, with rustic earthy strawberry on the nose this dry wine is well balanced, with definite herbaceous notes. Fruity at first, which blends into an spiced raspberry, finished with good acidity. A great food wine, this Rosé cries out for a seafood lunch in the sunshine with good friends.
Waterkloof Restaurant, visited in October 2013 See website for most recent Tasting and A la carte menus
I found my Circumstance Mouvedre at Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar, Strand Street Cape Town. RRP R95.00