Backsberg `Family Reserve` Red 2015

Country
South Africa
Producer
Backsberg Estate Cellars
Grape(s)
Cabernet Sauvignon (34%)
Merlot (26%)
Cabernet Franc (18%)
Shiraz (15%)
Malbec (7%)
Type
Red
Style
Robust
Oaked Style
Oaked
Body Style
Full bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Not applicable
Alcohol Content
14.5%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
No
Vegan
No
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

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 Notes
Produce from only the finest grapes, this is a carefully produced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Malbec. The wine is a beautiful deep ruby in colour with an intense nose of casis, raspberry and tobacco leaf. The palate is rich, ripe and full with notes of blackcurrant, plum, earth and smoke. Extended skin contact and 24 months ageing in oak has given this wine structure and elements of vanilla and cedar to the palate. Chewy tannins add to the structure and the wine finishes long and fruity in the mouth.
Food
Best served with red meats or hard cheeses.
Media
Silver medal IWSC 2011. Silver medal IWC 2012.