Babylonstoren Chardonnay 2013
Winemaker: Charl Coetzee
Background: Babylonstoren’s history can be traced back to over 322 years ago when the farm grew fresh produce to supply the sailing vessels passing via the Cape. One of the initial owners of the farm, Pieter van der Bijl, named it Babylonstoren as the small hill on the farm reminded him about the Bible story of the Tower of Babel.
There have been vineyards on the farm since the start, but it was only four years ago – upon the completion of the new winery – that wine was first made under the Babylonstoren label.
Besides the winery the farm boasts a unique 3.5ha garden reminiscent of the hanging gardens of Babylon as well as a fine hotel and several restaurants.
The grapes for the 2013 Chardonnay were picked from six different blocks and initially fermented in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to barrel to complete the process. After fermentation the wine spent 12 months in new 300l French oak and a further 12 months in bottle prior to release.
The logo on the label expresses the spirit of Babylonstoren: the flower representing the garden; the bird representing nature and the pipe representing the old traditions of the farm.
Result: Subtle fig and lime on the nose the true reward comes on the palate with an explosion of ripe apple, lemon and flinty flavours. The texture is silky with a long firm finish.
When to drink: Now – 2020
Drink with what: Wood fired baby chicken.
Expect to pay: R205.00
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