Babylonstoren Shiraz 2020, Simonsberg-Paarl, 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. 2020 Shiraz: Area of production: On the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain between the wine-growing areas of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa. Soil: Klapmuts/Longlands type soils of Malmesbury shale origin. Vinification: Fermentation takes place on the skins for about seven days, after which it is given an extended maceration period of about one week. The wine is then pressed into a combination of 70% new and 30% second-fill 300-litre French oak barrels. After malolactic fermentation, the wine gets racked and is then returned to the barrels to total 18 months of barrel maturation. Color: Deep ruby red. Bouquet: This silky, dark-fruited beauty has a seductive shiraz personality: full bodied with layers of blackcurrant, new leather, wood spice and white pepper. Taste: The finely crafted balance between chocolate intensity and finesse makes this a hedonistic joy to drink now, but will also reveal more treasures to reward those with patience. Aging potential: Up to 10 years.