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Backsberg Pumphouse Shiraz 2009

Country
South Africa
Region
Paarl
Producer
Backsberg Estate Cellars
Grape(s)
Shiraz (95%)
Malbec (5%)
Type
Red
Style
Robust
Oaked Style
Oaked
Body Style
Full bodied
Dry / Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content (%)
14
Closure Style
Cork
Organic / Biodynamic
Normal

Region

The viticultural variety offered by the many different types of soil, aspect and altitude make the area of Paarl successful with more grape varietals than any other of South Africa`s regions. The best slopes occupy the cooler northern aspect of the Simonsberg Mountain and can successfully produce the key grapes demanded by the international markets. Shiraz and Viognier have really thrived and the wine writers extol the virtues of these grapes in particular.

Producer

Founded in 1916, this wonderful estate is located below `The Little Tower of Babylon` on the steep hillside vineyards in Paarl. This prominent producer has been at the forefront of quality wine production for many years. Currently under the stewardship of third generation Michael Back, they are making considerable waves in the international market. Recently achieving carbon neutral status, the first in South Africa. They constantly strive to produce the highest quality grapes using natural and organic principles. Alicia Rechner is back at the helm as winemaker and is well supported by viticulturalist Clive Trent.

Tasting (Long)

The Pumphouse Shiraz is selected from mature vineyards that show intense varietal character including blackberry, black cherry, mocha, pepper and spice. Whilst full bodied, the fruit is ripe and sweet and the tannins are soft and supple. A subtle mint and vanilla complexity is derived from a 12-18 month period of maturation in small oak barrels and enhances a long finish.

Tasting (Short)

The Pumphouse Shiraz is selected from mature vineyards that show intense varietal character including black cherry, pepper and spice. Whilst full bodied, the fruit is ripe and sweet and the tannins are soft. Recently awarded 4 stars in Decanter magazine.

Food

This is a good accompaniment to well flavoured game dishes, stews and roast meats.

Awards

Gold Medal at Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2010. Silver medal IWSC 2011. Decanter bronze medal 2012.

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