Dry red wine. Babylonstoren Farm's single variety Shiraz is by far one of our customers' favourite red wines. Aromas of cassis, pencil shavings and violets transform into gorgeous ripe cherry fruit, soft prunes and a tingle of spice. Full bodied and beautifully-made. 75cl
Full bodied 100% Shiraz from Simonsberg, South Africa. 13.0% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians.
Babylonstoren Farm has 72 hectares of vines producing 13 different grape varieties, with the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay plantings as high as 600 metres above sea level. The 17th century Babylonstoren Farm estate is situated near Simonsberg in South Africa. Alongside the vines are Babylonstoren's 5-star hotel, spa, large farm (that - amongst other things - produces gorgeous olive oils), and the Babel restaurant.
Babylonstoren's vines were first planted by the Louw family who lived and owned the farm for four generations. Further plantings were made in 2008 and 2009 by viticulturist Hannes Aucamp.
The modern cellar, designed by architect Gerard de Villiers, is overseen by cellarmaster Charl Coetzee. Charl explains that at Babylonstoren "there is no compromise for quality, and attention to detail is everything." Winemaker Klaas Stoffberg works with Charl to produce Babylonstoren's wines, which have been released annually since 2011.
Shiraz, widely known as Syrah in the Old World, is one of the most fashionable and oldest grape varieties in the world. It is the world's sixth most planted grape variety (as of 2010) and originates from southeast France. It famously makes up the Hermitage blend, arguably the Rhone's most famous style of wine. It is mostly planted in France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and California. While wines labelled Syrah tend to be more savoury, wines labelled Shiraz are spicier and jammier as they are often grown in warmer climates.
Enjoy Babylonstoren's spicy and full Shiraz with lamb.
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Simonsberg is a ward in the Western Cape of South Africa, situated between the regions of Paarl and Stellenbosch. The ward is named after and located on the prime foothills of the Simonsberg mountains, found to the south of Paarl, which meet the mountains and valleys of Groot Drakenstein and Franschhoek.
Winemaking in Paarl, to the north, is a coastal area growing more mountainous as you move in-land. It has a particularly warm growing season, usually demanding irrigation before harvest. However, on most of the east-facing aspect vineyards irrigation is often not needed at all due to the excellent water retention of these plots.
Stellenbosch, in comparison, is a smaller but intensively farmed wine of origin (W.O.) district. It's divided up into smaller viticultural areas, including the Simonsberg-Stellenbosch region, and is home to over 170 estates and producers. Stellenbosch is also where you will find South Africa's educational and research centre and Stellenbosch University, the only higher education University in South Africa offering degrees in viticulture and oenology.