Backsberg Estate Merlot 1998

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    Winemaker Notes

    Nose packed with sweet violets, ripe plums, hints of chocolate and mint. Big, juicy mouth with lots of sweet fruit and gentle toasty backing. Good balance in the mouth and great concentration of fruit. Long, soft finish.

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    Backsberg Estate, South America
    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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    With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

    Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

    South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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    WWH364BME82_1998 Item# 54319

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