2016
Blackwater
'Highroller'
Sauvignon Blanc
Darling

2016
Blackwater
'Highroller'
Sauvignon Blanc
Darling

Francois “Midas” Haasbroek does it again: grapes to gold. The grapes are sourced from two dryland trellised sites; one in Durbanville and remainder from Breedekloof. The result is a like a slightly chunkier version of a Sancerre. Think 'Rotund Loire.' The grapes are lightly crushed and left on their skins for 24 hours, settled and then fermented at very low temperatures in concrete and stainless steel tanks. The juice is left on primary lees with no stirring for 6 months. A very light fining and filtering is done prior to bottling.

Aromas of gooseberry, fresh lemongrass and honeysuckle give way to a palate composed of bell pepper, lemon curd, tart green apples all cuddled up with a chalky and slate like minerality that lingers.

  • Region: Stellenbosch
  • Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Durbanville & Breedekloof
  • Vine Age: 20 years old
  • Soil Type: Lime Rich, Shallow Clay
  • Alcohol: 12.6%
  • Oak: None - Concrete and Stainless Steel
  • Bottled Date: September 2016
  • Production: 800 cases
Winery & Regional Information
STELLENBOSCH

Many of the photos you see of South African vineyards – positioned in front of striking granite mountains,–are from the Stellenbosch area. It contains the most developed vineyares; it is home to an important wine University (University of Stellenbosch); and it is the center of wine tourism. In short, Stellenbosch is to South African wine much like Napa is to... Learn More »

BLACKWATER WINES

STELLENBOSCH

Blackwater Wine is the brainchild of Francois Haasbroek, a man that is unequivocally part of the bright future of South African wine. Francois completed his schooling in Stellenbosch, surrounded by vineyards, mountains and food.  After enrolling at Stellenbosch University and graduating with a bachelor's degree in science – viticulture and oenology, he did his first stint as a 'cellar rat' at Neil Ellis wines in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The travel bug bit and the need to see how others do what they do led to his first stop: California, where he worked at Dry Creek Vineyard in Sonoma in 2003. Learn More »

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