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Waterford - Kevin Arnold Shiraz 2015


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Maker: Kevin Arnold
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 90% Shiraz, 10% Mourvèdre
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2013) VS: 90 (2009) JR: 16.5 (2013) WS: 91 (2007) JP: 4.5 Stars (2009) TA: 95 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

Ripe figs, black pepper and spice aromas- palate is classically dry with tightly structured tannin structure. Oaking plays a complimentary role rather than dominating. Subtle, yet powerfull without exsessive extract.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)89 pts

The 2013 Kevin Arnold Shiraz, which only comes from estate fruit, has a very perfumed bouquet with wilted violets infusing the voluminous black cherry and blueberry fruit. There is impressive purity here. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin. There is plenty of iodine-tinged black fruit, a touch of Schezhuan peppers that leaves the tongue tingling. It just loses a little depth and substance towards the last-third, but that easing off makes it easier to reach for another sip.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2009)90 pts

May/June '13 By Stephen Tanzer. Bright ruby-red. Musky black raspberry, coffee and mocha aromas are complicated by subtle olive and pepper notes. Sweet, lush and broad but with plenty of underlying structure to the ripe flavors of dark raspberry and chocolate. Not the last word in complexity but impressively smooth and dense. Finishes with substantial dusty but ripe tannins and very good length. (2013)16.5 pts

A speciality of Kevin Arnold, from vines around the property. Matured in old oak. Each vintage is named after one of the Old or Arnold children; in this case Michael Ian. Dark crimson. Ripe and rich nose but no heavy sweetness on the palate. Fresh and varietal on the palate. Lots of fun here - only slightly sweeter (and not worse) than many a St-Joseph and Crozes. Complete and well balanced. A lovely drink now.

Wine Spectator (2007)91 pts

Issue: Web Only - 2010. Very ripe and lush, but well-defined, with mouthwatering fig, black currant and plum sauce notes liberally laced with espresso and graphite hints. The long, dark finish ripples along nicely. Impressive. Not imported into the U.S. Drink now.?JM.

John Platter (2009)4.5 stars

Lovely dark notes on 2009 (berries, olive) along with cedary element (but no new barrels used) that should integrate with the few years needed for this powerful, assertive wine to relax. Strong tannins now slightly drying, beneath sweet fruit & rich but fine-grained texture. Has 10% mourvèdre.

Tim Atkin (2013)95 pts

Grown on iron rich koffieklip soils, Waterford’s top Shiraz is suitably dense, sappy and ferrous, with complex, stony grip, layers of red fruits and pepper spice and just a hint of wood. I can’t recall tasting a better bottling of this wine. 2018-25

Vinification Notes

Yeast: Various. Fermentation. Stainless steel. Barrel Ageing. 16 months 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill Burgundy barrels. Fining. Egg white fining. Filtration. Bulk filtration to bottling.