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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
by Christian
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Bloemendal Kanonberg 2013

If intention of the consortium of businessmen who acquired Durbanville property Bloemendal some five years ago originally was a housing development, they’ve had a change of heart and are again focusing on wine production. In came Lombard Loubser from Waterford as viticulturist and general manager , Francois Haasbroek of Blackwater Wine as consultant winemaker and [...]

December 4, 2013
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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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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Waterford Chardonnay 2007

Much is made of the paucity of decent restaurants in Cape Town’s southern suburbs but I’ve always found A Tavola in Claremont more than passable. I met my sister there for lunch yesterday for an end-of-year catch-up over lunch and we shared the establishment’s signature zucchini fritti as well as bruschetta porcini for starters while [...]

December 23, 2011
by Christian
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Waterford The Jem 2004 – 2006

To brighten up my day, a vertical of Waterford The Jem from 2004 to 2006, the three vintages that have been released to date. This is the multi-varietal flagship blend from Kevin Arnold and Francois Haasbroek and it really is rock ‘n roll. For curiosity’s sake, here are the individual blends: 2004: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, [...]

July 14, 2010
by Christian
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