This sizeable Paarl winery has always produced solid wines however they have moved onto a new plain in recent vintages under owner Michael Back and winemaker Alicia Rechner who also has five vintages in Europe and Australia to aid her repertoire. There are 110 ha under vine on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains between Stellenbosch and Paarl. Four main ranges of wines are produced. As well as the good value Premium range wines and pricier Black Label wines profiled here Backsberg also make a number of Kosher wines, fortifieds and from the best plots a Family Reserve Red and White. The Premium range includes good dark, spicy Merlot, fresh crisp Sauvignon Blanc and appley Chenin Blanc. Other wines also produced are Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinotage, a red blend and a rosé. Quite a bit more serious are the Black Label wines. These include a fine green-fruited John Martin Reserve Sauvignon with some mineral and citrus hints which gets a touch of barrelfermentation and will stand a little age. Pumphouse Shiraz is in a dark, spicy vibrant style with ageing in both French and American oak, just 15% new to emphasise the fruit. The Klein Babylonstoren is a blend of 50/50 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with nicely perfumed, cassis scented tones. It gets 16 months in oak. Richer and fuller is the Family Reserve Red which is dominated by Cabernet, with the balance Merlot. Dense and structured it will develop in bottle for up to a decade. This like the Family Reserve White, a blend of Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier comprise the wineries top two wines. (DM)
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