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Blackwater Hinterland Cinsaut 2014

Cinsaut is becoming all the rage and it’s not difficult to see why when you encounter Francois Haasbroek’s Blackwater Hinterland Cinsaut 2014 (approximate retail price: R220 a bottle). From a Darling block which also supplies Chris Alheit, Ian Naudé Donovan Rall and Duncan Savage, 60% of the fermentation was whole bunch and maturation lasted 18 […]

May 4, 2016
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Blackwater Blanc 2014

Blackwater Blanc is an imaginative and assured offering from Francois Haasbroek. It’s a blend of 80% Swartland Chenin Blanc, 15% Durbanville Semillon and 5% Ashton Bourboulenc and immediately takes its place among the most cutting-edge white wines in the country. The production method is unusual. The Chenin, from a farm next to Paaredebosch, was left […]

July 31, 2015
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Blackwater Noir 2010

Francois Haasbroek used to be at Waterford but recently went solo, making wine under the Blackwater label. I think his Pinot 2011 is good but not great (see here) but his Rhône-style blend is knock-out. From Walker Bay, it’s a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, matured in old, large-format barrels for some 20 […]

March 26, 2013
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Blackwater Cuvée Terra Lux Pinot Noir 2011

Blackwater is the label of Francois Haasbroek, formerly winemaker at Waterford in Stellenbosch. Continuing my fatal fascination with local Pinot Noir, I was compelled to buy a bottle of his Cuvée Terra Lux Pinot Noir 2011, R165 a bottle from Manuka Fine Wines in Somerset West and was pretty impressed. Wine of Origin specified as […]

March 5, 2013
by Christian
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