2017
Blackwater
'Lazy Lucy' Rosé
Western Cape

2017
Blackwater
'Lazy Lucy' Rosé
Western Cape

Not only is this old vine rosé from Swartland, arguably the most up-and-coming region in the world, but it also happens to be fresh and beautifully crafted. If this bottle represents the quality of all 2017 South African rosés to come, then we are all in for a treat.

The blend consists of Cinsault, Grenache and Chenin Blanc. The Cinsault grapes are picked from a 25 year old dryland bushvine vineyard in Paarl and the Grenache is from a 10 year old block in Botriver. 50% of the Cinsault and all the Grenache is whole bunch pressed. The remaining Cinsault gets destemmed and pressed. The juice is co-fermented in stainless steel, racked off the lees after 4 weeks and then color adjusted with Grenache to get the desired color. Light fining and cold stabilization is performed prior to bottling.

The final product is divine and hardly 'Lazy'. Flirtatious aromas of candied strawberries, rhubarb and raspberry swirl frozen yogurt jump out of the glass. Dig a little deeper and discover a more serious 'Lucy'. She exhibits crisp minerality and unique notes reminiscent of an ocean breeze. The palate is juicy and gulpable, yet presents enough acid to guarantee food friendliness.

  • Region: Stellenbosch
  • Varietal: 60% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 10% Chenin Blanc
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Paarl & Botriver
  • Vine Age: Paarl - 25 years old; Botriver - 10 years old
  • Residual Sugar: 1g RS
  • Alcohol: 12.6%
  • Oak: None - Stainless Steel
  • Bottled Date: First week of April 2017
  • Production: 500 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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