The Black Rock Winery is part of the Good Hope empire based in the Stellenbosch, although this warming Rhone blend comes from the Swartland region of the Cape, 70 miles north of Table Bay. Good Hope has been experimenting with different sites around the Cape for a number of years and the most positive result have come from the Perdeberg Mountain area from where this red comes. Indeed, the company describes Swartland as 'South Africa's best kept viticultural secret'. This is actually a blend of 71% Shiraz, 13% Carignan and 12% Grenache with a splash of Mourvedre and Viognier from grapes grown in 6 parcels on the slopes of Perdeberg Mountain. The Shiraz and Grenache vines vary in age from 11 to 21 years, the Mourvèdre & Viognier 8 to 10 years and the Carignan vines are 36 years-old. Yields are exceptionally low and each varietal is fermented separately in open top oak barrels before two-thirds of the wine is transferred into French oak barrels to mature for 12 months. The remaining one-third remains in tank.
A vibrant purple-red in the glass. On the nose, lively, aromatic scents of lavender spice and black berries. The palate is complex and mineral with flavours of blueberries, liquorice and green herbs while the finish is lingering yet subtle. An enigmatic wine with a refreshing aspect. Great food wine with cauliflower gratin with Manchego and almond sauce, chicken stir-fry with asparagus and cashews or marinated pork chops with a herb salsa.