BLACK 2010” – R165 a bottle. This wine is a red blend of Swartland Syrah, Mourvedre & Grenache – a joint venture between myself and a friend, Albert Ahrens.
Personally, I think that the future for South African wine lies in elegance. I always rate the first empty bottle at a dinner table as the best wine of the night. Our goal with BLACK 2010 therefore was to create a wine which represents Swartland terroir; something super complex, layered and funky – but at the same time ultra elegant. Think princess Diana on a spring-day morning in the gardens of Buckingham palace.
The project has gained momentum with our first vintage sold out in 6 months. We are now sourcing grapes from 6 different vineyards. 4 of these are Syrah, each one growing on a specific soil type. Each soil type produce grapes and ultimately wine with certain characteristics. From the decomposed granitic soils found in the quaint valleys of the Northern Paardeberg as well as the decomposed granite soil with shale and quartz to the east, we make voluptuous wines; not super structured, but with curves in all the right places. From the slate soils in Riebeeck however, we get wine with immense structure. And finally, to polish this all off, we have small parcels of Grenache and Mourvedre, also from the Paardeberg, adding red fruit and velvet tannins – fresh and exciting. We therefore build dimension, depth and complexity into this wine by making use of the vineyards, not winemaking techniques.
We de-stem by hand, crush the grapes with our feet and ferment wild (no added yeast) in open top fermenters. The wine is then pressed and aged in small French oak barrels for 12 months, then blended and aged in big French oak barrels for another 6 months. Bottling took place in June 2011.
Decant this wine 30 minutes before drinking and enjoy the ultimate balance between complexity and drinkability. Trust me you will finish a bottle in no time… – elegance personified!
This wine is again exclusive to the BLANKbottle community. E-mail me with your order, make up mixed cases (see below for a list of the other wines now selling) or go to to buy online.
PLEASE NOTE that I prefer not to take any orders in between 16 Dec – 1st Jan due to unreliable deliveries. I want to make sure I get the wine to you before my courier settles into the holiday mood thing… If you therefore need wine for the holiday season, PLEASE ORDER NOW.
Last, but definitely not least, I had an awesome year (SOLD OUT on the BIG Spaniard, The MISFIT, BATAVIA, Midnight Call, Moment of Silence and Cinsaut) and would like to, as far as possible, thank you personally for your support before yearend. You can therefore expect a call from me.
That’s it for now.

Telephone: +27 (0)82 872 8658

Please note

Due to the many small batches of wines we make, availability changes on a daily basis. Please email if you’d like to order any of our wines or if you are looking for a specific wine, and she will reply with a list of wines now selling. If the wine you are looking for is sold out, we could suggest some alternative excitement and/or we could also put together a unique selection for you.

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