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A classic Shiraz from Babylon’s Peak with dark fruit, violets and white pepper. An elegant wine with ripe tannins and a lingering aftertaste

Variety: Shiraz
Region: Swartland, South Africa
Winemaker: Babylon’s Peak
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.5%

Winemaker's Notes

Dark red color in your glass.  On the nose, you pick up ripe plums, spice, and black currant aromas with floral hints.  On the palate, you will enjoy elegant mocha and chocolate with dark berry flavors complimented by spicy undertones

John's Notes

I’m a big fan of Babylon’s Peak, so much so that this is WJ’s 3rd feature from this producer. As soon as I saw the Paardeberg Shiraz 2018, I knew I had to get some – and it definitely did not disappoint

Juicy black cherry, blackberry, and blueberry, plus violets, black pepper, and backing spice travel easily from the glass to your nose. The super smooth palate has the same juicy black fruits and spices plus mocha, balsamic, hints of black olive, and a protracted fine grain campfire finish.  The signature of this wine is how seamlessly the tannins integrate with its juicy fruit and acidity.  Really enjoyed it

Decant for 20 – 30 minutes

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Babylon’s Peak, winemaker Stephan Basson

  • Babylon’s Peak is a private cellar located on the highest weathered granite slopes of the Paardeberg Mountains between Malmesbury and Paarl
  • Privately owned by the Basson family, four generations have farmed here passing down the tradition, passion and art of winemaking
  • Current winemaker Stephan Basson joined his father in 2003 and started making wine under the Babylon’s Peak brand
  • The name Babylon’s Peak is derived from the very high granite peak on the farm, which is known to local people as ‘Babylonstoren’ (The Tower of Babylon)

Variety: 100% Shiraz

Region: Swartland, South Africa


  • Despite its relative proximity to the equator, Swartland experiences significant cooling influence from the cold Benguela Current that flows up from the Antarctic. In addition, the strong south-easterly summer winds (Cape Doctor) bring cooled air inland and can provide a moderating influence on temperatures


  • The soil is granite-based, which contributes to the distinctive character of the wines
  • Predominantly low-yield dryland bushvines with an age of 30 years or older are selected to produce these excellent wines with distinctive character
  • All the wines are grown, produced and bottled on the farm. With 350 HA under vine, the farm harvests ±2500 tons annually, of which 400 tons are bottled under the Babylon’s Peak brand with a red/white production ratio of 70/30
  • The shiraz vineyard is trellised and receives additional drip irrigation if necessary to ensure a long, even ripening period
  • The grapes were hand harvested and only destalked, no crushing was done
  • The grapes fermented between 24-26°C for 5-7 days, after which the wine was taken to barrels where it went through malolactic fermentation
  • After malolactic fermentation was completed, the wine spent 14 months in 225 litre French oak barrels until bottling

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH:  3.71

RS:  3.60 g/L

Pairs Well With:  Pasta in creamy red pepper sauce, steak sandwiches, beef stew

Reviews (91): The Shiraz is our favorite of the Babylon Peak portfolio. It offers nice purity of black fruit with a licorice note on the nose and flavors of blackberry, mocha, and a touch of dried fruit. Its softly textured with good supporting acidity and has an attractive cracked pepper spice note. Fermented with some viognier skins and matured 12-14 months in oak barrels.  Don Winkler

Wine & Spirits (90): A classic Shiraz with dark fruit, violets, and white pepper.  An elegant wine with ripe tannins and a lingering aftertaste

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