This new blend of Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc reflects the re-birth of a legendary blend that first brought fame to the Loire in France and now again reflects the excellence of South Africa’s Schapenberg and Helderberg vineyards.
I made the most wonderful creamy mustard chicken with this wine. It is perfect in the recipe and to drink with the dish.
The blend itself has a special link with Waterkloof – the first white wine made by owner Paul Boutinot in France back in 1984 was also composed of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Those were the days before Waterkloof, the days when the wine was simply named Cuvée Jean Paul.
It was made in the traditional way – fermented spontaneously with wild yeast and gently crafted with minimal intervention. Since then, whether making wine in France or South Africa, Paul’s winemaking philosophy never wavered, with tradition upheld.
Then, Paul’s path led to South Africa where in 1994 he founded False Bay Vineyards and later in 2004, his biodynamic vineyard Waterkloof.
Now, traditions are rediscovered. Young winemakers are returning to the best of the old ways. It is a renaissance and recognition of the importance of naturally balanced grapes; of minimal intervention winemaking; of old wood, concrete tanks and the beauty of the blend.
Revenant encapsulates this re-birth of tradition and the spirit of ‘new wave’ South African wine.
Revenant is available at Waterkloof at R95/bottle and can be found on the wine lists of some of South Africa’s finest restaurants.
For more information about Waterkloof visit www.waterkloofwines.co.za or follow @WaterkloofWines on Facebook and Twitter.
Waterkloof is situated on the outskirts of Somerset West and within a spectacular amphitheatre of vineyards, fynbos and mountains. Its environmentally sensitive approach to farming, honest wines, highly rated restaurant and striking cellar design are pillars of its reputation.