Blackwater The Underdog Chenin Blanc, 2020, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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A wine so pure it almost feels like it should be good for you. Just in case the Portman Group are reading, we aren’t claiming that it is, despite the evidence that wine in moderation might be good for your health, what we are saying is that with no oak, no residual sugar, no malolactic fermentation, and little or no other messing around from the winemaker, this is honest to goodness Chenin Blanc, so clean it almost squeaks.
Francois Haasbroek is, in our opinion, the man who made Waterford Estate the Stellenbosch legend that it is. But he always had a dream of going it alone. So when he’d finished his shift he’d go searching for under-appreciated vineyards, ones whose grapes would disappear into blends, and then he’d stay up until 3 am vinifying them. Then he'd head back to work at Waterford the next day.