|Platter's Wine Guide 2020: 5 stars|
|Tim Atkin MW Special South Africa Report 2019: 97 points|
£93.10 per bottle
The Jem is a wine that truly expresses the underlying philosophy at Waterford Estate, by reflecting the diversity and exceptional fruit on the property. This wine is all about the finesse and sublime purity found in the fruit. Intriguing aromatics of fresh fruit, wild spice, warmth and complexity complimented by the well finish that is classically dry and rewarding. This iconic flagship blend, named after the owner of Waterford Estate, Jeremy Ord, or “Jem”, as he is affectionately known, is a master blend of different red varietals that collectively epitomise the best of the vintage at Waterford Estate.
Tasting notes on release – 5 years: Dark ruby with a Morello cherry rim and expressing dark cherry, soft worn leather, cocoa bean, blackberries, cloves, black peppercorn
and charcoal silk cherries and warm spiced red fruit in the end note remain crafted on the finish.
Tasting notes on evolution after 10 years: This wine continues consistently in colour and expression but with evolutionary notes of cuban cigars and spiced cedar, mulberry and damson fruit and the further exploration of the clove and pepper spice. The wine remains youthful and poised with elegant silky tannins which grip to the palate showing no surrender.
Tasting notes on evolution after 15 years: Layering on from previous notes coffee mocha entwine with dark chocolate and liquorice. A hint of incense, forest floor is attractively laced in the tapestry. Cherry, leather and blackberries always a constant with wonderful clove and Indonesian spice. The wine remains generous and youthful and tannin profile, driven through the grape first, ensures longevity and ageing potential and ability of this wine.
Cultivars: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, 14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Mourvedre, 3% Sangiovese, 2% Barbera
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