Circumstance Syrah 2016 – Waterkloof Wines
Style: Red
Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Grape: Syrah
Score: 90-94
Price: 10-20 euro

Circumstance Syrah 2016 – Waterkloof Wines.

South Africa has moved to the center stage of the wine world and a variety that helped them to secure their position surely is Syrah. This Rhone varietal thrives in multiple South African wineries, where Syrah wines are produced and sold at strong price points. A gem that aligns with this trend is the 2016 Syrah from the Circumstance range, produced by Waterkloof wines in Stellenbosch.

About the Winery

Waterkloof Winery, situated in the heart of the renowned Stellenbosch wine region in South Africa, is a true gem that marries tradition with innovation. With sweeping views of False Bay and Table Mountain, the winery’s stunning location adds to the allure of its offerings.

Founded by Paul Boutinot, Waterkloof Winery is celebrated for its commitment to biodynamic and organic practices, showcasing a deep respect for the land and its natural processes. The vineyards are cultivated in harmony with the lunar and seasonal cycles, resulting in grapes that embody the distinct terroir of the region.

Led by Cellar master Nadia Barnard, the winemaking team at Waterkloof focuses on minimal intervention, allowing the fruit’s inherent flavors and characteristics to shine. This approach yields wines that are not only reflective of their origin but also possess a unique and captivating personality.

The Circumstance range, including the 2016 Circumstance Syrah, stands as a testament to Waterkloof’s dedication to excellence. These wines showcase a harmonious balance between elegance and complexity, inviting wine enthusiasts to explore the nuanced flavors and aromas derived from the vineyard’s diverse soils and microclimates.

Waterkloof’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond the vineyards. The gravity-driven cellar minimizes the need for pumps and other mechanical interventions, preserving the integrity of the wines. The winery’s modern architecture seamlessly blends with the landscape, creating a serene atmosphere that complements the wine-tasting experience.

Visitors to Waterkloof Winery are treated to a holistic journey, with the chance to explore the vineyards, tour the cellar, and indulge in exceptional food at the estate’s restaurant. This dedication to providing a complete sensory experience ensures that guests leave with a deep appreciation for the art of winemaking.

In summary, Waterkloof Winery’s dedication to sustainability, biodynamics, and crafting exceptional wines has established it as a true icon in the South African wine scene. With its breathtaking setting, commitment to quality, and a genuine respect for nature, Waterkloof continues to capture the hearts of wine lovers around the world.

About the Wine

The 2016 Circumstance Syrah by Waterkloof Winery is a captivating expression of the varietal. Its nose offers an enticing blend of dark fruits, black pepper, and a subtle earthy undertone. On the palate, this Syrah unfolds with layers of blackberry, plum, and hints of violet, showcasing the wine’s complexity. The well-integrated tannins provide a smooth and structured mouthfeel, while a touch of smokiness adds depth to the flavor profile. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving traces of black pepper and a touch of licorice. 


This vintage exemplifies Waterkloof’s commitment to producing Syrah’s of exceptional character and balance. Enjoy it alongside grilled meats or hearty stews for a delightful culinary experience.

We award this 2016 Syrah with a well-deserved 92-point DWA score. Perfect value for money here, ready to drink and even with some room to develop in the coming years. 

Waterkloof wines are imported in the Netherlands by Coenecoop, and available through associated retail and hospitality partners.

Price:                          €19

Taste date:                December 2022

Score:                        92/100 DWA Score

Website:                   Waterkloof Wines