Blackwater The Underdog Chenin Blanc 2015 | Bright, Focused Overachiever
Blackwater The Underdog Chenin Blanc 2015 displays an elegant straw lemon in color. While aromatic notes of guava, quince, and apple jump from the glass, accented by honeysuckle and verbena. YetCrisp and focused on the palate with vibrant notes of kaffir lime, apple, and melon. Fresh and charming. Adding wonderful ripeness and a serious density, finishing with precision and length.
Ripe, offering notes of quince, melon and yellow apple. Blackwater The Underdog Chenin Blanc 2015 stays racy, with honeysuckle, quinine and verbena accents lending contrast. In addition presenting a bright, focused finish. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases made.
About Blackwater Wines
Blackwater wines are focused on sourcing fruit from the best possible vineyards across the Western Cape. While building long-lasting relationships with the growers and do my utmost to make wines true to their origin.
With the minimal intervention ethos in the cellar, it all comes down to the grapes. Rather no winemaking tricks – just sticking to the basics and attention to details. This Blackwater The Underdog Chenin Blanc 2015 combines crisp, racy acidity with wonderful ripeness and a serious density. Yet at a cost equally electrifying. Every member of our judging panel assumed it was a $30 bottle before the $15 price was revealed. But don’t just take it from us: Wine Spectator hailed its scintillating “notes of quince, melon and yellow apple” with a “bright, focused finish. The incredible value here might suggest another name: The Overachiever.
Winemaker Francois Haasbroek | South African Rising Star
The winemaker behind the Blackwater The Underdog Chenin Blanc 2015 and all the Blackwater wines is one of South Africa’s rising stars, Francois Haasbroek. Of course, given his non-interventionist approach in the cellar. And his commitment to letting some of the finest old-vine Chenin Blanc in the Western Cape tell its own story. Yet Haasbroek would no doubt balk at such a label. But time spent pruning vines and manning crush pads all over the world—in places like California (Dry Creek Vineyards), Europe, and New Zealand—has endowed Haasbroek with a wealth of knowledge and a deft touch that is impossible to overlook.