|Platter's Wine Guide 2021: 5 stars|
|Tim Atkin MW Special South Africa Report 2020: 96 points|
|Neal Martin for Vinous.com (Reviewed April 2021): 93 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. The 2015 vintage has inviting aromatics of rich dark chocolate and plum fruit, with additional layers of earthy tones, clove spice, crushed violets and a combination of dark, red berries. The palate is well balanced and effortlessly complements the aromatics. Coated with velvety tannins which provide fullness, and a natural acidity that adds vibrance and elegance to the lasting finish. Displaying a classic dry profile, generosity on the palate, and texture that fully represents its heritage.
Tasting notes on release – 5 years: Dark ruby, with a Morello cherry rim and expressing soft worn leather, cocoa bean, blackberries, cloves, black peppercorn, 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 displays consistently in terms of its 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 the palate.
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: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Shiraz, 9% Mourvedre, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Sangiovese, 3% Barbera
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