Backsberg John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and Backsberg Pinotage win Silver at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Backsberg John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and Backsberg Pinotage win Silver at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Backsberg is pleased to announce winning two Silver Awards at the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show for the John Martin Reserve Backsberg John Martin Reserve Sauvignon BlancSauvignon Blanc 2013 and the Pinotage 2012. Amongst a group of notable other wine producers, Backsberg receives the award for the John Martin for the second consecutive year.

Further to this, Backsberg achieved 5 Bronze Awards for the Hillside Viognier 2013, Backsberg Family Reserve White Blend 2009, Tread Lightly Chenin Blanc 2013, Tread Lightly Merlot 2012 and Tread Lightly Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.

Judges blind tasted over 1000 wines over four days to select the best wines that South Africa has to offer. The judges overall remarks expressed their unanimous positive praise of the submitted wines, the positive development of local wines over the last few years and the depth in the overall quality of the wines. Red varietals were a particular favourite as these showed a marked improvement upon preceding years. These wines are expressing wonderful depth of texture and round fruit as a result of attentive work in the red wine vineyards over the last few years. Wines clearly emphasised age-worthiness with many old vintages coming to the foreground, again denoting the focus on quality from South African wineries.

Michael Fridjhon, chairman of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, selected a distinguished panel of judges, comprising three international and six local judges. They were Gerard Basset MW (UK), Véronique Drouhin-Boss (France), Fongyee Walker (China); and local judges Trizanne Barnard, Christian Eedes, James Pietersen, JD Pretorius, François Rautenbach and Cathy van Zyl MW.

The John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc forms part of Backsberg’s Black Label Range. The grapes used for this range of wines have been selected from top performing vineyards and produce individual, exciting wines. Emphasising this idea of uniqueness, the wines are named after a particular place or individual integral to the farm’s history. Over the last few years, John Martin has won numerous international and local awards, seating it amongst the top-end of South African Sauvignon Blanc.

The grapes used for the John Martin are harvested from cooler coastal vineyards and this Mediterranean influence gives the wine an intriguing tartness and structure. The grapes are cool-picked, lightly crushed and left on the skins for a day while the free-run juice is used to settle and ferment cold in steel tanks. A small portion of the juice is fermented in small French oak barrels and left on the lees for up to six months, where after the wines are blended.

Flavour profiles on the John Martin express grassy notes with green asparagus, gooseberry, guava and green fig. On the palate it is full, elegant and finishes with a crisp acidity. This wine has a zestful linear structure and would develop beautifully with 2 to 5 years of aging.

The length and complexity of this wine makes it a perfect partner to hard cheese, an anti-pasti platter, poultry and seafood dishes.

Backsberg Pinotage

The Pinotage 2012 forms part of Backsbergs Premium range of wines. These single varietal wines strive to fully express the characteristics of the grape whilst deriving many attributes from the terroir. The 16 year old vineyards lie admidst coastal breezes and this results in a Mediterranean style wine with fresh, ripe fruit and lots of juicy berries.

Due to the grape’s thick tannic skin, colour is extracted within the first few days and the wine is placed into barrel early to produce a fresh vibrant wine. Hints of herbs underpin the fruit flavour profiles and mild tannins. This wine is great enjoyed on it’s own and also pairs well with smoked meats and a variety of lamb dishes.

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