New Cellar, New Wines
FIRST PHASE OF NEW CELLAR COMPLETE
The first phase of our cellar upgrade was complete in time for the harvest. The process saw us lifting all our tanks, and in so doing take the first step in creating a fully gravitational cellar. The main objective is to minimise the handling of berries. We also purchased a fancy, new berry sorting machine from France, which worked like a charm. All very exciting news, and will only contribute to further increasing the quality of our wines in the future.
After a successful harvest in our new cellar we have moved on to a few new vintages. Please click here to view our latest price list. We are also very excited about some new wines:
Kosher Kiddush Sweet Red Wine
This sweet Merlot displays raspberry and red plum aromas combined with succulent fruit flavours and finely coated tannins ensuring a pleasurable drinking experience. This wine is perfect for those with a sweet tooth!
It is best enjoyed as an aperitif before or after dinner and can be aged up to 20 years. The wine is Muvushal and Kosher for Passover. Made under the auspices of the Cape Town Beth Din and the OU of the United States.
R46 per bottle, R276 per case of 6.
Beyond Borders Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir offers engaging aromas of strawberry and blackberry, with delicate, savoury textures and hints of spice on the palate. Ready to drink now but worth ageing for three to five years. A delightful wine to enjoy with salmon, pasta and poultry dishes.
Why the name? We have gone way beyond Paarl in producing this wine. We have sourced some fantastic grapes from a vineyard in Elgin. Cool in climate, Elgin is a top region for growing Pinot Noir. Interestingly, many moons ago, we used to make a Pinot from grapes grown on the farm, so we are not completely new to Pinot Noir. This is a must-buy.
R97 per bottle. R582 per case of 6.
EXCLUSIVE WINE CLUB WINES – LIMITED QUANTITIES
The next three wines were bottled for Wine Club members and can only be ordered directly from myself or bought at the tasting room. We have very limited quantities of these wines, so be quick! They have just been released last week into the tasting room. These wine all comprise of interesting, and unusual varieties.
This wine is a blend of Durif and Viognier. The Durif grape is a spicy varietal with a very firm tannin structure. It is bright and dark in colour. The Viognier contributes a juiciness and fruitiness.
R65 per bottle/ R390 per case of 6.
This wine is rich, dark and juicy. The Malbec grape has a thin skin, used mostly in Bordeaux blends. Plum flavours are characteristic of this wine.
R65 per bottle / R390 per case of 6
Barbera is an Italian grape variety displaying deep colour, low tannins and a high natural acidity. Flavours of blackberries, cherries and dried fruit can be noted.
R65 per bottle / R390 per case of 6
I also wanted to make you aware of some older vintages that are on offer to you:
2005 – R230: Won Gold at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2011, Silver at Decanter 2011 and International Wine Challenge UK 2009, Diamond Award at Winemaker’s Choice Awards 2009
2004 – R275: Double Gold at Veritas 2007
2003 – R300 : 95/100 at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2011, Silver at International Wine Challenge 2007, Diamond Award at Winemakers Choice Awards 2006.
1999 – R550;
1998 – R495
1992 – R600
1989 – R830
2006 – R150: 90 points Wine Spectator USA – Top Values 2009, Silver at International Wine and Spirits Challenge UK 2008
2005 – R200
2004 – R225: Gold at International Wine and Spirits Competition 2007, Silver at International Wine Challenge 2007, First and Business Class International Flights at SAA Selection 2007.
2003 – R300: Gold at Swiss International Wine Flights Awards 2006, First and Business Class International Flights at SAA Selection 2006, Silver at Veritas 2005.
2002 – R300: 89 points in Wine Spectator Magazine July 2005; Silver at Veritas 2004 and 2003.
2006 – R100: 88 points at International Wine Cellar USA.
2005 – R150
2004 – R200: Silver at the Michelangelo Wine Awards 2007
2001 – R130 (500 ml)
1996 – R430
1995 – R510
2007 – R80
1996 – R340
Please note that all prices are before your wine club discount and do not include your delivery costs.
Please watch the website and our newsletter for news on our two upcoming events. On the 13th October we will be having our annual tree planting and Champagne breakfast, starting at 09h00 for 09h30. This is an opportunity for you to support Backsberg’s carbon neutral initiative as well as plant a tree in your family’s name. You can request a plaque to mark this event.
This year’s Wine Club lunch will take place on the 24 November at 12h00 . Last year we held a dinner in the vat cellar and had a wonderful time pairing our top wines with delicious courses prepared by our kitchen. This year will be a similar format but in the day so that more people can attend and not be concerned about driving at night.
If you have any questions on the above please don’t hesitate to get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in wine,
Tanya and the Backsberg Team