2018 CARGAUX Syrah


This wine was hand-made by Chase Carhartt, a California native, and Nathalia & Hannes Storm, of Storm Wines, located in the Western Cape of South Africa. This Syrah hails from the cool, maritime climate of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, supported by low-vigor, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soils.

This medium bodied, ruby colored Syrah has aromas of black pepper, dark berry, coffee bean, and dried lavender undertones. The palate highlights flavors of peppered meat, tart blackberry, dried herbs, and cocoa powder.

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Cargaux | Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa

The Argaux team first met Chase Carhartt, a winemaker for Carhartt Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, in 2015 during a visit to the Central Coast. We were captivated by the vibe and energy of their intimate tasting room and immediately bonded with Chase and the Carhartt family.

Since our passion for wine instilled a lifelong friendship, we naturally began brainstorming on ways we could collaborate. Chase—initially drawn to South Africa (SA) because of its history and emerging wine culture—has been working alongside the Storm Wines SA team for the last three years, barreling his own Pinot Noir and Syrah.

Timing aligned and as Chase was putting his first private label project into barrel, we were able to begin importing. Partnering with Chase on this project was a no-brainer and we are thrilled to finally be able to share Cargaux (pronounced “CAR-GO”) wine with you!

Chase Carhartt, currently produces wine alongside his mom and dad, for Carhartt Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, nestled in California’s central coast. After graduating with a degree in Enology (winemaking) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2011, he has not only been making wines for the Carhartt Vineyard brand, but has travelled to various countries around the globe to study classic and progressive farming and winemaking. In addition to working harvests in France, Tasmania, and Argentina, 2019 marked his fourth vintage in South Africa, which has captivated his attention since his first visit in 2010.

“In my opinion, South Africa’s Western Cape is one of the most intriguing wine regions on the planet. What initially attracted me to this part of the world is the combination of the country’s history in wine alongside a new and unique identity that is emerging current day. Here, the melting pot of culture, language, and philosophy is unprecedented. After three vintages working with the team at Storm Wines S.A., I was finally able to craft small lots of both Pinot Noir and Syrah to showcase a taste of what the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, in South Africa’s Western Cape, has to offer.”

— Chase Carhartt

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Of the noble grape varieties, Syrah may have the oldest geography and history. The vines origins are thought to date back to one of the world’s earliest wine-producing regions, the city of Shiraz in the Middle East. Now worshipped in the Rhône Valley in France, these dark, dense, and powerful wines can be just as distinct as Cabernet Sauvignon. You’ll find this grape also largely grown in Australia, where it is identifiable as Shiraz.

Sometimes known to be “meaty,” think exotic spices and darker meat dishes to help showcase the complexity of these wines. Syrah needs time to show its greatness, but when it does, you’ll be thankful you had a bottle!

Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

Hemel-en-Aarde is a small ward within the famous Walker Bay district, an area well exposed to the ocean on the Cape South Coast of South Africa. Although tiny, this area is known for some of the best fruit and wines. With high potential for cool-climate wines, you’ll find great quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir here. Due to the small region being fairly spread out, producers here can be very individualized and unique.  

2018 CARGAUX Syrah

Color: Ruby
Color Depth: Medium
Clarity: Clear
Viscosity: Defined

Intensity: Aromatic
Fruit: Boysenberry, Blackberry, Black Plum, Black Cherry
Flower: Dried Lavender
Herbs: Olive, Dried Herbs
Spice: Black Pepper
Earth: Smoked Meat
Oak: Coffee, Smoke

Sweetness: Dry
Body: Medium
Acidity: Medium
Tannin: Medium
Alcohol: 12.5%-13.5%
Finish: Medium

Country: South Africa
Region: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Grape: Syrah
Vintage: 2018
Price: $38
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