Origin: Babylon's Peak winery, Swartland W.O. South Africa
Taste guide: Medium bodied, dark fruit flavours tempered with soft tones from the Viognier, hints of white pepper, unoaked.
75cl - 14% - screwcap
Front Row wines are made for a major UK wine importer by Stefan Basson at his Babylons' Peak estate on the Perdeberg in Swartland. Blending estate wines with cuvées sourced from long-term collaborators, Stefan has crafted this superb red wine which demonstrate the style and value for money the Cape can offer. This surprisingly serious Rhône-influenced blend displays balanced, ripe fruit flavours with tremendous drinkability.
The grapes for this wine came from dry-farmed bush vines pruned for low yields. After harvesting by hand the grapes were destemmed but not crushed and after undergoing 36 hours cold maceration, fermentation took place in open vats for 7 days under controlled temperatures. There was no oaking in order to allow for maximum fruit expression.
For this vintage the various wines were blended at the ratio of 53% Shiraz; 40% Mourvèdre and 7 % Viognier, a typical Rhône style blend where the small amount of white wine (Viognier) adds softness and delicacy to the final cuvée.
This classy wine offers delightful aromas of warm cherries, vanilla, chocolate, baking spices and ground espresso beans. It is as fresh as it is supple; juicy red fruits and mocha linger on the palate. An easy wine, medium-bodied and approachable. This is a very elegant wine of great depth.
Sells for prices up to £11.50 elsewhere, we were able to buy this on a discount from the UK importer and are passing the savings on to you.
At Binendwines just £8.25.
Note that this winery avoids excessive filtration to offer full flavour so this wine may throw a slight sediment which is perfectly harmless. Use care when pouring or decant.