2019 marks winemaker Nadia Barnard-Langenegger’s 10th harvest
Marking the 10th harvest milestone for Waterkloof winemaker Nadia Barnard-Langenegger is the launch of an exciting new wine. The celebrated Helderberg wine estate has just launched the latest offering in its Circumstance range (a collection of premier, site-specific wines) and is proud to reveal the Cape Coral 2019 Mourvèdre Rosé.
For winemaker Nadia Barnard-Langenegger, the release is especially significant as it marks her 10th harvest at Waterkloof. “The Cape Coral Rosé was one of the first wines I tasted from Waterkloof. When I did, I just knew I’d ended up at the right farm,” she says. This pale-coloured rosé has delicate aromas of pomegranate and raspberry with a prominent flintiness. There’s finesse and elegance on the palate with lingering fresh acidity in the aftertaste.
“Every year I look forward to every aspect of making this wine; finding that optimal ripeness and carrying the character of the fruit through to the wine,” she says. “To make that happen, pressing is gentle to retain both the beautiful, light-pink colour and a soft mouthfeel. Of course, we try not to interfere with nature. The juice is left to ferment – slowly, in oak fermenters – by the wild yeast that occurs naturally in the vineyards. Our guiding principle is to create what we call ‘honest wine’ – wine that’s true to its terroir.”
That terroir is characterised by fynbos-covered hills and embraced by the mountains of the Hottentots-Holland and Helderberg. The farm’s highest point is 300m above sea level and it lies a mere four kilometres from the False Bay coast, a feature which gives the vineyards the full benefit of ample sunlight and cooling breezes essential for the slow and full development of fruit. This unique landscape and the wines it produces prompted the creation of the Circumstance range (wines defined by a single grape variety and unique site-specific circumstances) of which the Cape Coral 2019 Mourvèdre Rosé is a shining ambassador.
The Cape Coral 2019 Mourvèdre Rosé marries well with a variety of dishes including spicy, tuna-based sushi and sells for around R118 a bottle.