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Backsberg Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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    Winemaker Notes

    A hint of mint in a mingle of green, herby notes along with some ripe berry fruits. Fairly light, but well balanced mouth, with distinct yet juicy tannins. Long, well fruited, dry finish. Enjoy now, yet has the potential to develop over the next 4 to 6 years.

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    Backsberg

    Backsberg

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    Backsberg, , South Africa
    Backsberg
    Klein Babylonstoren (the small tower of Babylon) was purchased by CL Back, an immigrant from Lithuania, in 1916. Over the years the farming activities have shifted from being a mixed farm with fruit, vineyards, grain and livestock to primarily a fruit farm producing over a thousand tons of peaches, to predominantly a wine farm by 1970.

    Second generation owner Sydney Back came to the farm in 1936. He took the estate to great heights through a combination of hard work and innovative ideas.

    Third generation owner Michael Back joined the family business in 1976. Over the years the estate has grown to its present size of almost 300 ha through the selective purchase of additional land in the neighbourhood. A young fourth generation awaits their opportunity to carry on the tradition of fine wine and brandy making.

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    Bordeaux Blends

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    One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secret

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

    PBC2633048_1998 Item# 23365

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