28 Sep Southern Hemisphere Tasting Sat. 9/30
Saturday, September 30
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We’re mixing it up this week with an exciting Southern hemisphere tasting! Sample two wineries we’re really excited about, one of South Africa and one from Australia. Bonus: Blackwater Winery’s owner/winemaker will be here in person to introduce you to his unique and delicious wines.
Blackwater is a new winery for us, and we love the spirit behind these wines. They’re designed to be enjoyable to drink, above all else. It all starts with the grapes, which are carefully selected for quality and optimal ripeness. From there, winemaker/owner Francois Haasbroek believes in minimal intervention. The grape character is not masked by a bunch of oak or other manipulation. They stand on their own and the quality speaks for itself. Francois Haasbroek will be here in person to talk about these exciting wines and the inspiration behind the Blackwater project.
2015 Blackwater Chenin Blanc “The Underdog,” Western Cape, S. Africa
On Sale $14.99
Ripe, offering notes of quince, melon and yellow apple. Stays racy, with honeysuckle, quinine and verbena accents lending contrast. Presents a bright, focused finish. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases made.
91 Points, The Wine Spectator
2017 Blackwater Rose “Lazy Lucy” (Cinsault, Grenache, Chenin Blanc), Western Cape, S. Africa
On Sale $14.99
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.
2012 Syrah “Noir,” Swartland, S. Africa
On Sale $24.99
Still fresh despite the late release, with lightly steeped black cherry and plum notes framed by melted licorice and warm pudding accents. Polished finish. Syrah. Drink now. 265 cases made.
90 Points, The Wine Spectator
These handmade stunners from Australia knocked our socks off. All are single-vineyard, made with native yeasts and minimal intervention, then bottled unfined. Unfined wines retain more intensity and flavor and purist winemakers believe in the idea of manipulating the wines as little as possible. These are exactly the type of wines we love–focusing on quality fruit first, then gently guiding the winemaking process to create clean, focused, expressive wines with a sense of place.
2016 BK Wines “One Ball” Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
On Sale $34.99
Ripe and fine. The classic Chardonnay preface with buttered toast and fresh cashews on the nose. On the palate, think white peach juice running done your chin. An elegant, rounded wine with stunning length. A bit of a rockstar performer for this year’s vintage.
2015 vintage scored 93/100 Points from Vinous Media!
2016 BK Wines “Skin & Bones” White, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
On Sale $32.99
Glinting like a golden beach bathed in late-afternoon sun, the nose on this wine is surprisingly musky, rustic and – dare we say – ‘red’. The aromas evoke a firm cheese spiked with peppercorns or a young sopressa. The palate is quinine-tangy, lemon pith and almost saline with an enticing tannic backbone of young rosemary. Juicy pear fruits to taste. An uncommonly complete and complex white.
2015 vintage scored 92/100 points from Vinous Media!
2015 BK Wines “Skin & Bones” Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
On Sale $34.99
Intensely aromatic with a fair whack of green hops and hippy weeds. A full palate of fresh, new young plums and mulberries with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. A Pinot Noir that wears its classic varietal attributes proudly on its sleeve. Will pack away nicely if you’re a glutton for delayed gratification.