Established in 2004, Waterkloof is a relatively new, privately owned estate in the south of Stellenbosch. The vineyards lie between 200 and 300 metres above sea level on the exposed steep upper slopes of the Schaapenberg Mountain (just over the mountain from Vergelegen, in fact) and the estate has wonderful views out over False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Bay gives its name to their entry-point range, produced by False Bay Vineyards which is run by the Waterkloof team, sourcing grapes widely but highly selectively. Waterkloof's own vineyards lie in a south-facing 'bowl' and benefit from a variety of exposures as well as cooling (sometimes very cold) on and off shore breezes.
The winemaking team is now headed by Nadia Barnard, who works closely with owner Paul Boutinot, a well-known wine industry figure in the UK who realised a dream when he invested in this largely virgin land to produce 'truly fine wine with a defining sense of origin'.
The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and winemaking is as non-interventionist as possible. The wines are showcased in their spectacular award-winning restaurant and may be sampled in their welcoming on-site tasting room.