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Babylons Peak SMG

Babylon's Peak SMG

South Africa
REGION
Swartland
SIZE
750ml
ABV
15%
VINTAGE
2010
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Grape Varieties: 86% Shiraz, 7% Mourvèdre, 7% Grenache
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TASTE
A fabulously aromatic Rhône-inspired blend, with bramble fruit, violets and complex smoky-mineral notes. The palate is seamlessly textured and beautifully balanced, with real lift yet no lack of power.

FOOD PAIRING
Beef · Lamb · Spicy food · Mature and hard cheese

PRODUCER
Babylon’s Peak is both a stalwart and a relative newcomer within the resurgent Swartland winemaking scene. Stephan Basson’s great- grandfather established the farm in 1919, and wine was made in the old cellar here until 1948. It then fell into disuse until Stephan renovated the cellar and recommenced production. The vineyards, some of the highest in the region at up to 700 metres, lie on the slopes of the Paardeberg Mountain, and have proven especially suitable for Chenin Blanc and Rhône varieties. The wines have a vivid purity, an almost crystalline concentration that belies Swartland’s hot climate just as the prices defy its hype.

VINEYARD
The oldest Shiraz vines (thirty-three years old) go into this blend. They are a French clone, SH1, that is increasingly rare in South Africa because of its particularly low yield. Despite that, they still undergo green harvesting around veraison. The grapes were hand-picked on March 14th.

WINERY
The grapes were destemmed but not crushed. They underwent thirty-six hours’ cold maceration, and then fermented in open tanks for seven days at 24-26oC. After a further five days’ skin contact, the wine was racked to French oak barriques (fifty percent new) for malolactic, blended, and then aged for sixteen months.

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 15%
Awards Winner
Closure Cork
Size 750ml
Grape Variety Shiraz Blend
Vintage 2010
Location
Country South Africa
Region Swartland
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