The King of the Helderberg Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon!

Thursday - 2 February 2023

With over two decades worth of experience in producing this Estate wine, the Waterford Estate
Cabernet Sauvignon is always increasing in quality and becoming more consistent in
expressing the terroir of the Helderberg Mountains.

The 2018 vintage shows pure fruit and earthy notes complimented by classical pencil lead-like
aromas and a typical dry tannin structure with a seamless balance to the finish. The vintage can
be considered classical in style, with a tight tannin structure and fresh acidity. Being a drought
vintage the stress on the vines was sure to create more concentrated grapes, packed with
flavour and quality.

The Vineyard

Being based on the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain it is hard to come by a more perfect
location to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, with the vineyard being situated on the north-facing slope
of the mountain, the sun warms the vineyard throughout the entire day resulting in great
ripeness in the grapes. The upper layer of soil is composed primarily of decomposed sandstone
and granite, which brings about great structure in the wines. The lower layers consist of fine red
clay which traps moisture and produces more vibrant fruit characteristics.

Vintage Review

With the winter having lower levels of rainfall we knew that the vineyard was going to be
stressed during the springtime but what followed was near-perfect growing conditions for
flowering and fruit set. Harvest time was characterised by moderate temperatures and a distinct
lack of heat waves which was ideal for berry ripening.
The vineyards remained very healthy and produced the perfect bunches - smaller berries than
what was expected but it gave great concentration.


Crafting a Cabernet Sauvignon is a patient task, one where taking your time is rewarded with
excellent results. The Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a patient wine, a wine that is not
worked too hard in the cellar, with a gentle extraction and a relaxing maturation to guide the
wine in developing an authentic expression of the terroir.

The wine is vinified in French oak barrels with only 36% of the wine going through a more
rigorous oaking regime in new barrels, the rest of the vintage is split between second, third and
fourth fill barrels. This split between new and old barrels is done to achieve great structure in the
wine while still allowing the wine to show vibrant fruit.

Wine Fact

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most suited varietal to Waterford Estate soils, making up 35% of the
total plantings.


Tim Atkin Special Report 2022 - 94 Points

This vintage is one to look out for! Don't miss out on your opportunity to taste one of the best
Cabernet Sauvignons in South Africa. Visit to learn more.