2014
Blackwater
'Cultellus'
Syrah
Swartland

2014
Blackwater 
'Cultellus' 
Syrah
Swartland

Syrah, but not Shiraz. They’re the same grape variety, but stylistically very different. Syrah is dry, smooth and savory, Shiraz is sweeter, fruitier and punchier. Francois knows a thing or two about the grape variety having made Waterford’s Kevin Arnold Shiraz and The Jem (one quarter Shiraz).

Cultellus is a derivative of the Latin word Culter meaning knife. It means a small knife or dagger, referring to the appearance of the schist soils where the vines are grown. One could also loosely assume that Francois is preparing consumers for a very serious Syrah, not to be mishandled.

For this bottling, grapes are sourced from a singularly amazing block of vineyards against a steep Schist-covered slope in Riebeek Kasteel area. Winemaking is completely hands off. The juice spends 4 weeks on the skins, then drained & pressed to 8 year old 600 L barrels. The wine is left to rest and remains unmoved for 25 months. It is then bottled unfiltered & un-fined.

In the glass, the wine is filled with notes of stewed cherry, scorched earth, blackberry, and tar on the nose. The palate will uncover hints of black pepper and sweet spice notes, with delicate acidity and soft, dry tannins on the finish.

  • Region: Stellenbosch
  • Varietal: 100% Syrah
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Vineyard: Riebeek Kasteel
  • Soil Type: Schist
  • Alcohol: 13.7%
  • Oak: 25 months in 600L barrels
  • Production: 1,200 bottles
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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