Vondeling ‘Babiana’ Voor Paardeberg
Babiana is the name for a small yellow flower found in the Voor Paardeberg Ward of Paarl. Located approximately 22 miles from the sea, Voor Paardeberg is the newest wine growing region of South Africa.
Vondeling, meaning ‘foundling’, lies on the slopes of the unspoilt and virtually undiscovered Paardeberg mountain, approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. It was granted to Swedish immigrant Oloff Bergh in 1704, and a three-centuries-old winemaking tradition began. However, it wasn’t until 2006 that the region was officially recognised as being a wine producing area within South Africa’s ‘Wine of Origin’ system. This small area is both hot, dry and cool enough to produce wines of outstanding quality. The ocean influence helps maintain acidity in the grapes at night and the hot, dry climate of the day ripens the phenolics (aromas and flavours) and the sugar levels. It is no accident that the famous grapes of the Rhone Valley are found in this part of South Africa. Thriving, as they do, in the similar climate to the South of France.
The Babiana is a blend of 55% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier, 14% Grenache Blanc, 6% Roussanne and 5% Chardonnay. Matured for 12 months in French oak, it expressives a superb richness and concentration. This is buttery, nutty and toasty with great weight and an oily texture. Lots of vanilla and butterscotch are complimented by ripe stone fruits and just a hint of pink peppercorns. This is a superb example of a white wine that has a balanced integration of oak with varietal freshness. Deeply complex, lots of elegance and finesse.
Perfect with roasted meats such as pork, goose and pheasant.