This Bordeaux blend is set to be a classic with an intriguing fragrance of violets and thyme. Dry and full-bodied, it is a well-balanced wine with a spicy warmth and intense undertones of blackcurrant and tobacco. Superbly crafted with good balance of vibrant multi-layered fruit supported by tight, well-honed tannins. Opulent yet sophisticated with a long, compelling finish.
- Producer: Babylonstoren
- Winemaker: Charl Coetzee/Klaas Stoffberg
- Country of Origin: South Africa
- Region of Origin: Western Cape
- Grapes: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 9% Malbec
- ABV: 14.30%
- Sustainability: Minimal Intervention
The wines are produced in a state-of-the-art winery and are made to showcase the soils and climate where its grapes are grown. There are 88 hectares (217 acres) under vine and produce 13 different grape varieties with our highest vines – pinot noir and chardonnay – lying against Simonsberg at some 600 metres above sea level. Some of the vines on the farm were planted by the farm’s previous owners, the Louw family, who lived here for four generations. The Louws were grape growers for the former Simondium Co-operative Winery and other large wineries in the area. Our wines are best exemplified by the Babylonstoren logo, which consists of the pipe (representing the farmer), the flower (representing the garden) and the bird (representing nature). It is a combination of the very essence of Babylonstoren – keeping things simple and as true to the earth as possible. "It is this that we strive to achieve in our wine," says Charl Coetzee. "Truth to the area we are situated in on the slopes of Simonsberg, and simplicity by making elegant and balanced wines as natural as possible.
The wines are made to showcase the soils and climate where its grapes are grown. They have 88 hectares (217 acres) under vine and produce 13 different grape varieties with our highest vines – pinot noir and chardonnay – lying against Simonsberg at some 600 metres above sea level.
All the wines were made separately and matured in new French oak barrels for 23 months. Then the blend was made up and left in a tank for a month (to marry) before being bottled and matured for 4 months prior to release in April 2016.
Roast lamb with thyme, rosemary and garlic; rare roast beef or fillet on the bone.
Boasting a Gran D'Or at the Michelangelo Awards 2016, a double platinum from the National Wine Challenge, counted as one of the top 100 wines in SA for 2016 and a gold from the 2016 Vitis Vinifera awards.