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Babylon's Peak
Babylon's Peak

Babylon's Peak

  • Producer Babylon's Peak
  • Country South Africa
  • Region Swartland
  • Established 2003
Portfolio

About this Winery

Babylon’s Peak is the name given to a tall granite outcrop on the Paardeberg, between Paarl and Malmesbury. Far from being a disharmonious ‘tower of Babel’, the wines are really good, and a credit to winemaker Stephan Basson, the fourth generation of winemakers in the family. The cellar had last been used in 1948, but Stephan re-commissioned the farm’s cellar in 2003.

Wine Portfolio

Babylon's Peak

Babylon's Peak

  • VARIETAL: Shiraz-Carignan
  • APPELLATION: Swartland
  • TASTING NOTES:
    Mocha and chocolate with dark berry flavours that are complemented by spicy undertones. A soft mouthfeel that lingers on the palate.

Description

The grapes were harvested by hand at 26.1°B (Shiraz) and 24.3°B (Carignan). The grapes were destalked only, no crushing was done. Cold maceration was done before fermentation started in open fermenters. The grapes fermented at 24-26°C for 5-7 days, after which the wine was taken to barrels where  it went through malolatic fermentation.  After malolactic fermentation was completed, the wine was blended ans spent another 12 months in older 225 litre French oak barrels until bottling.

Babylon's Peak

Babylon's Peak

  • VARIETAL: Pinotage
  • APPELLATION: Swartland
  • TASTING NOTES:
    Dark red colour, with ripe plums and mocha on the nose. Dark fruit followed by spice on the palate. A well balanced wine with smooth integrated tannins.

Description

The Pinotage is dryland bushvines, planted on the highest south-east facing granite slopes on the farm.  Due to its unique terroir, this vineyard ripens slowly over a very long period. This results in very dark colour, soft tannins and good flavour compounds.  The baboons normally harvest their quantity firstand we pick the rest.  Aged 12 months in french oak.  Enjoy with lamb, bobotie and braaied red meat.

Babylon's Peak

Babylon's Peak

  • VARIETAL: Chenin Blanc
  • APPELLATION: Swartland
  • TASTING NOTES:
    A crisp, fresh and fruity Chenin Blanc from low-yield dryland bushvines.

Description

The Chenin Blanc grapes were picked from very old dryland bushvine vineyards. The vineyard grows on weathered granite soils, contributing to the flavour of the grapes and mineral character of the wine. Production is limited to 5 tons/ha.  Pair with salads, seafood, chicken and other light dishes.

Babylon's Peak

Babylon's Peak

  • VARIETAL: Viognier / Roussanne
  • APPELLATION: Swartland
  • TASTING NOTES:
    Complex flavours of flowers, peach, dried pear and apricot with a long, smooth finish on the palate.

Description

The Viognier and Roussanne vines are both trellised with drip irrigation and are planted on weathered granite soils. The soil is well drained and the vineyards only get additional irrigation if it is necessary during our warm summers.  Pair with roast duck, curry and other rich and creamy dishes.