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Babylonstoren – Babel Red Blend

South Africa
Western Cape
Wine
Red

The Facts

Origins South Africa > Western Cape > Simonsberg-Paarl

Appellation Simonsberg-Paarl

Varietal Red Blend

Cepage 43% Syrah, 16% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec, 6% Pinotage

Winemaking Varietals vinified separately. Fermentation on the skins for 1 week, extended maceration one week more.

Aging 1 yr in 50% new French oak

Alcohol Content 14.0 %

Serendipity Markets Texas

The Character

Tasting Notes Pencil shavings, sweet tobacco, liquorice, and dark cherry chocolate on the nose. Red cherry and chocolate on the palate, a chewy mouthfeel and a long finish.

Mouthfeel Dry & Full-bodied

Aromas Dark red berry, chocolate, juicy fruits on the finish

Selling Point Babel alludes to the Tower of Babel, mix of grapes & lang.

Pairings Enjoy with rack of lamb or prime rib, BBQs, holiday meals

Sustainability Vegan t, Sustainable In Practice t

The Story

The Babylonstoren Babel is a blend of most of the black cultivars on the farm. Babylonstoren literally translates to "Tower of Babel" in Afrikaans. When the original owner walked up to the conical hill on the property, he deemed it the "Tower of Babel." When the winemaking program began in 2010, the employees of Babylonstoren were invited to a group tasting. Towards the end of the tasting, they were all "babbling" and sharing stories in many tongues (Afrikaans, English, Dutch, French) so they decided to call this the "Babel" Red Blend as a nod to their name but also the camaraderie and warmth it brings when drinking with a group of friends and colleagues.

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Brand Story

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 cellar master is Charl Coetzee (formerly of Kaapzicht & Clos Malverne) & the winemaker is Klaas Stoffberg (formerly of Ernie Els Wines). 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.


Brand Story

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 cellar master is Charl Coetzee (formerly of Kaapzicht & Clos Malverne) & the winemaker is Klaas Stoffberg (formerly of Ernie Els Wines). 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.

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