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Fable Mountain Vineyards Night Sky 2011

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Bright crimson. Aromas of carnation and rose spice and fynbos with hints of jasmine and undertones of herbs. On the palette soft cherries fragrant tannins and red berry fruits, a smooth lasting finish.

Blend: Syrah: 60%; Mourvedre: 25%; Grenache Noir: 15%

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Night Sky is a blend of 60% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre and 15% of Swartland Grenache with 30% whole-cluster fruit. The nose needs some encouragement, but it is worth the effort with some gorgeous blackberry and mulberry aromas emerging, interlaced with white pepper and fennel. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, fleshy in the mouth with sweet, ripe cassis and blackcurrant toward the finish. What a delightful wine to enjoy over the next 4 or 5 years.
WE 92
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The 2011 Night Sky shows more earthy character than the 2012, as upfront aromas of soil, blackberry leaf and pepper are grounded by ripe fruit tones of black currant, plum and mulberry. Medium weight on the palate, with velvety tannins that grip through the long, spicy finish. The dense, tight mouthfeel, firm structure and overall balance suggest this wine will age well through 2022.
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Fable Mountain Vineyards, South Africa
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Located up against the rugged slopes of the Witzenberg Mountain range, Fable focuses on producing pure expressions of Rhône varieties. Our isolated farm is high up on the edge of a Wilderness Nature Reserve. It is here at elevations from 400-650m that we have 32 hectares of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache noir. The vines grow slowly here, they do not have the luxury of much soil, before they must work there way into ancient vertical shale. The mountains behind Fable tower over the vines and its influence is critical to the uniqueness of our site. Every morning the Mountain casts a shadow over the farm, which has a cooling effect. In the Summer this allows the grapes to ripen slowly, retaining great natural acidity, and in winter the snowy peak helps keep the vines dormant for longer. The site is very challenging with bush fires, extreme weather, wild animals and natural dangers ever present during the growing season. It feels like we are on the fringes of the frontier. The only way we can do the place justice is to farm it respectfully and peacefully. We use a biodynamic and a deep agro-ecological approach to ensure that we maintain the integrity of the site.
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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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