Black Series Range2018-10-17T06:41:18+02:00

Black Series Range


Black Series (Black label) range

The Black Series is about showcasing our absolute passion for wine and innovation in the cellar. This Series is not about volume, it’s about showcasing the very best of what our cellar , the team and the vineyards can achieve .


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Allée Bleue Black Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The Who:

The saying goes, Cab is King , and I think this vineyard is what helps reaffirm that, in my mind at least. Planted on the red oakleaf soil and at an elevation of 458 m, the vineyard surveys the land it rules from up high. When standing in this vineyard, high up in the Banghoek Valley, surrounded by the Stellenbosch mountains and the natural Fynbos you as a winemaker need not do much, just don’t stand in is way.

The How:

The key here is tannin control. So when the tank was ready to press we drained the free run wine and the let the wine trapped in the skins slowly ooze out and drip into 2 barrels. One NFO and one 2nd fill. This was then kept separated and aren’t we glad we did that.

The What:

A true reflection of the cultivar and the site. Loads of blackcurrant and its leaves, some herbaciousness, even mint, ending with fynbos. All wrapped in subtle oak with some cedarwood , lead pencil and liquorice shining through. Tannins are elegant but does round out the wine and add length.

The Details:

Two barrels made, bottled in magnums after aging for 24 months in French Oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined as to make it as pure as possible. With a 14.2% alcohol and a 6 g/l TA, it is just pure wine enjoyment.

Allée Bleue Black Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

The Who:

The saying goes, Cab is King , and I think this vineyard is what helps reaffirm that, in my mind at least. Planted on the red oakleaf soil and at an elevation of 458 m, the vineyard surveys the land it rules from up high. When standing in this vineyard, high up in the Banghoek Valley, surrounded by the Stellenbosch mountains and the natural Fynbos you as a winemaker need not do much, just don’t stand in is way.

The How:

The key here is tannin control. So when the tank was ready to press we drain the free run wine and the let the wine trapped in the skins slowly ooze out and drip into 2 barrels. One NFO and one 2nd fill. This was then kept separated and aren’t we glad we did that.

The What:

A true reflection of the cultivar and the site. Loads of blackcurrant and its leaves, some herbaciouness, even mint, ending with fynbos. All wrapped in subtle oak with some cedarwood , lead pencil and liquorice shining through. Tannins are elegant but does round out the wine and add length.

The Details:

Two barrels made, bottled in magnums after aging for 24 months in French Oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined as to make it as pure as possible. With a 13.9% alcohol and a 6.3 g/l TA, it is just pure wine enjoyment.

Allée Bleue Black Series Chardonnay 2014

The Who:

The story goes that Queen Cleopatra bathed in milk to keep her looking young as ever, drinking Chardonnay has the same effect. The vineyard for this wine does not exist anymore, so it’s also an ode to it. Planted at 575 m above sea level and only getting there by walking the last few 100 meters, this was truly something worth doing and worth doing well.

The How:

Whole bunch pressing, natural ferment, and a touch of malo. Fermented and aged for 11 months in one new and one 2nd fill French Oak barrel. After that it was decanted into two 5th fill barrels and stayed there for another 17 months prior to bottling.

The What:

Touch of citrus, chalky, saline minerality, marzipan, salted caramel, oatmeal and the finishes smooth and elegant.

The Details:

Two barrels made, bottled in magnums after aging for 28 months in French Oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined as to make it as pure as possible. With a 14.4% alcohol and a 6.3 g/l TA, it show its class without being pretentious.

Allée Bleue Black Series Old Vine Pinotage 2016

The Who:

Piekenierskloof un-grafted bush vine Pinotage planted in 1976. A really good start to make a fantastic example of the cultivar.

The How:

Grapes were harvested, hand sorted and then crushed. 4 days cold soak and then inoculated before regular punch downs. Pressed and straight to barrel. After maturing for 16 months, the three best barrels were selected for this maiden release.

The What:

All the berries are here, strawberry, raspberry, blackberries and plums. Wrapped in a layer of fine dark chocolate and offset with a touch of liquorice. The mouthfeel is soft and silky with just enough tannin. This wine will evolve and mature into something really special over the next 4-7 years.

The Details:

A winemaker’s selection of the three best barrels, 70 % new French Oak, matured for 16 month prior to being bottled unfiltered and unfined. With alcohol of 14.5 % and a TA of 5.9 g/l this will stand the test of time.

Allée Bleue Black Series Single Vineyard Syrah 2014

The Who:

Taking the right Shiraz Clone, SH 99, for those who were unsure, manicuring the vineyard, 4 green harvest to limit the crop and a winemaker that has spent some time in Côte-Rôtie and you will be amazed what you can do from a vineyard in Franschhoek.

The How:

Most of the work happens in the vineyard. So in the cellar the 5 day cold soak, enough delastages , 30 days on the skins, the best yeast to lift the floral notes and knowing and trusting your coopers and our work is done.

The What:

A brooding Shiraz with heaps of white pepper spice, ripe plums, violets, cinnamon and a hint of liquorice on the nose. The palate is super elegant and soft with all the flavours pulling through to the palate.

The Details:

A winemaker’s selection of the six best barrels, 80% new French Oak, matured for 16 month prior to being bottled unfiltered and unfined. With alcohol of 14.5 % and a TA of 6 g/l all is fine with this genuine Syrah.