The Black Rock Winery is part of the Good Hope empire based in the Stellenbosch, although this warming Black Rock Blend comes from the Swartland region of the Cape, 70 miles north of Table Bay. It is mainly Shiraz with a splash each of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Viognier from grapes grown in 6 parcels on the slopes of Perdeberg Mountain. 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 and aromatic scents of lavender spice and black berries. The palate shows flavours of blueberries, liquorice and green herbs while the finish is lingering yet subtle. 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.