The launch was held not at the estate in Franschhoek, but at Cape Town restaurant Aubergine, where the wines were matched with some innovative meat dishes conjured up by veteran chef-owner, Harald Bresselschmidt.
Ansgar Flaatten, the general manager of the estate said: “Although one of our strengths has always been producing superb red and white blends, we decided we also wanted to highlight the real gems within those blends and shine the spotlight on the stand-out barrels of particular cultivars in each vintage.”
Winemaker Van Zyl Du Toit said: “We noticed some of these special barrels and vineyard blocks were being lost in the bigger blends. They have such unique character and elegance, we decided they deserved to be shown on their own. The Black Series is not about volume, it’s about showcasing the best of our cellar.”
Selecting the best barrels from standout vintages is par for the course.
Add to this that the majority of the wines in this series are destined for magnum (1.5 litre) bottles.