Francois Haasbroek is no stranger when it comes to producing good wines! Having spent many successful years as Cellarmaster at the stylish Waterford Estate outside Stellenbosch where he produced a range of premium wines he made the bold decision to concentrate on his own brand Blackwater Wine.
Over the years Francois has discovered many superb pockets of outstanding vineyards within the Western Cape, but found that the grapes from them were becoming “lost” as they were being used for large commercial batches of wines. So Francois, determined to have these grapes for his own wines, approached these farm owners and negotiated a fair exchange for them.
The pickings from these vineyards often results in small parcels of grapes some of which come in at only 500kg. Due to the realities of making wine on such a small scale, everything at Blackwater Wine is done by done by hand – and that includes the label! The label is printed on cotton rich paper using a 1964 German letterpress, and each label is given a unique indentation, which complements the exclusive nature of Blackwater wines.
The Blackwater wine range consists of a white and red blend as well as a Pinot Noir and a single vineyard Shiraz. This weekend at the Wine Concepts Burgundy Lovers Festival I had the opportunity to taste the Pinot Noir 2011.
This is a 100% Pinot with grapes sourced from Elgin and Hermanus, two areas well known for fine Pinot. After fermentation the wine was left in 225 litre barrels for 16 months, after which it was bottled with no fining or filtration meaning all the goodness remains in the wine! The result is a wine with rich aromas of truffle and black cherry, which guides you to a palate which offers a gorgeous medley of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit complemented by well-integrated oak. Delicious to enjoy now but a few more years in bottle will reward you with further pleasure in your glass!
Expect to pay: R149.50