Babylonstoren Chenin Blanc 2023, Franschhoek Valley, Western Cape, South Africa

The vineyards of Babylonstoren are nestled on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, just North of Stellenbosch between Paarl & Franschhoek. The name dates back to a time when a large hill on the property became a routine meeting spot for the diverse local population. It became referred to as ‘The Tower of Babel’ due to the converging of the many languages spoken in the area. The farm is owned by former magazine editor Karen Roos. The first vintage was in 2011. The farm grows many varietals, including Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, & Petit Verdot. Chardonnay & Pinot Noir grow in the highest site. 2022 Chenin Blanc: Overall: Elegant & tropical. Aromas: Guava, melon, underripe pear. Mouthfeel: Fruit-driven and juicy. Winemaking: Soft pressing, cold fermentation in stainless steel for 3 weeks, racked. Aged on fine lees for 4 months. Tasting notes: A light, crisp, dry wine that is fruit-driven and juicy. Refreshing with lovely guava, pineapple, and winter melon flavors rounded off with a hint of fresh gooseberries and Packham pear undertones.