Babylon's Peak Shiraz/Carignan 2019


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Mocha and chocolate with dark berry flavours are complimented by spicy undertones; the mouthfeel is soft elegant, with fine length on the finish.

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These grapes come from dry-farmed bush vines at least twenty-eight years old. They are pruned for low yields (below 40hl/ha), and undergo green harvesting around veraison. The grapes were hand-picked in March.

The grapes were destemmed but not crushed. They underwent fortyeight hours’ cold maceration, and then fermented in open tanks for seven days at 24-26ºC. The wine was then racked to older French oak barriques for malolactic and twelve months’ maturation.

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Vintage 2019
Alcoholic strength 14.0%
Country South Africa
Region Swartland
Grapes Shiraz 54%, Carignan 46%
Body D
Vegetarian No
Vegan No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
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Babylon's Peak

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.

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