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Backsberg Hillside Viognier 2009

Country
South Africa
Region
Paarl
Producer
Backsberg Estate Cellars
Grape(s)
Viognier
Type
White
Style
Luxurious
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Full bodied
Dry / Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content (%)
14.5
Closure Style
Screw Cap
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 Babylons Toren range of wines have been created to show the pinnacle that can be achieved from the best located and low yielding vineyards on the estate. This Viognier is barrel fermented and left on its lees for six months to gain a rich buttery texture, cinnamon and hazelnut complexity, balanced with exotic apricot and peach flavours. Full bodied and weighty on the palate, there is a delightful creamy lees influence on the finish. Gold medal winner at the Swiss International Wien Awards.

Tasting (Short)

The Babylons Toren range of wines have been created to show the pinnacle that can be achieved from the best located and low yielding vineyards on the estate. Full bodied and weighty on the palate, there is a delightful creamy lees influence on the finish.

Food

Seafood platter, Asian and Oriental foods and sushi.

Awards

Vintage 2005 International Wine Challenge 2007 SILVER

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