11th October - An Evening with Babylon's Peak and Elgin, South Africa
Babylon's Peak private cellar is nestled on the slopes of the Paardeberg, between Malmesbury and Paarl. The cellar is built on the farm Nooitgedacht, which has belonged to the Basson family for four generations. The name 'Babylon's Peak' is derived from a very high granite peak on the farm, known to the locals as 'Babylonstoren'.
Wines were made in the old cellar until 1948, when the farmers in the region got together to form a cooperative. But in the early 2000s, Stephan Basson decided to renovate the cellar and realise a dream by producing wine there again.
'I am convinced that Chenin Blanc and Shiraz are the icon cultivars of the Paardeberg,' says Stephan, so it's not surprising that for three consecutive harvest years – 2007, 2008 and 2009 – Babylon's Peak has won a Veritas gold award for its Chenin Blanc.
Babylon's Peak also focuses on typical Rhône-style cultivars such as Mourvédre, Grenache and Viognier.
lgin Vintner's single biggest advantage is the biodiversity of their vineyards which is spread over a radius of 12km with an unrivalled spectrum of terroir, fertile soils, aspects, altitudes and meso-climates. Aided by the cool Elgin Valley climate, Elgin Vintners strives for vineyards with a perfect balance and an ideal crop load-to-leaf ratio, yielding grapes that reach physiological and phenolic ripeness simultaneously. It is the blend of these essential elements that contributes to the fine quality of the wines from this region.
Through careful selection of the grapes from a variety of unique vineyards, Elgin Vintners is able to maximise the complexity and character for each individual wine.
Join us for a wonderful evening exploring their portfolios.