2015
Blackwater
'Omerta'
Carignan
Western Cape

2015
Blackwater
'Omerta'
Carignan
Western Cape

Only a small percentage of Carignan vines are being grown in the regions and districts of South Africa. Although winemakers are becoming more open-minded about the variety as an alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the grape still has a reputation of being finicky on the vine. It is often very acidic, with a high level of tannins. Therefore, the winemaker who endures the challenge of producing a delicious single varietal Carignan must be highly skilled and thoughtful.

Francois has most certainly dominated this challenge with his 'Omerta,' named after the Mafia term "code of silence." Francois will not reveal the single vineyard site's name, location or associations within the Western Cape. Believe us, we've tried! He is sworn to secrecy and the site will forever remain a mystery.

Here's what we do know: The Carignan grapes are hand-harvested from a site with predominantly granite soils. 30% of the grapes undergo whole bunch fermentation. The juice spends 25 days on the skins, then aged in 500L old barrels for 16 months. The final product is bursting with dark and red berry fruit, with a mouthfeel that is rich and smooth. Subtle notes of Umami may also be found.

  • Region: Western Cape
  • Varietal: 100% Carignan
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Soil Type: Granite
  • Alcohol: 13.3%
  • Oak: 16 months in 500L barrels
  • Production: 200 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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