Backsberg Unorthodox Chenin Blanc Roussanne 2020
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.
With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended white wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used in white wine blends, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied white wine blend, like Chardonnay, would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.
Flanked by majestic mountains on either side, the Paarl district is a valley whose most valuable water source is the Berg River. While sometimes during dry and hot summers, the vineyards in the valley need supplemental irrigation, those vineyards on the eastern slopes where water retention is better, aren't irrigated.