Babylon's Peak Chenin Blanc
Babylon's Peak
South Africa - Western Cape - Coastal Region - Swartland

Babylon's Peak winery, situated on the highest weathered granite slopes of the Paardeberg Mountain, is privately owned by the Basson family who has passed down the tradition, passion and art of winemaking over four generations. 

The Chenin Blanc grapes were picked from very old dryland bushvine vineyards. The vineyard grows on weathered granite soils, contributing to the flavor of the grapes and mineral character of the wine. Production is limited to 5 tons/ha.

Crisp, fresh and fruity, this wine has a great spectrum of fruit aromas and minerality, which are terroir-driven. A lively and lingering palate.

Coastal Region - Swartland
Wine Type
100% Chenin Blanc
Age of vines
35+ years old
Soil type
The grapes were harvested by hand at 22.1°B. The grapes were destalked and lightly crushed. Only the first 450 liters free-run juice per ton were fermented in stainless steel tanks at a cold temperature (10-12°C) for 21 days. The wines was left on the fermentation lees until bottling.
4,000 (9-liter cases)

Salads, seafood, chicken and other light dishes. The perfect wine for every occasion.

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2021 Babylon's Peak Chenin Blanc - 90 PTS - JS

2021 Babylon's Peak Chenin Blanc - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Spiced apple, pear skin, grapefruit pith, lemon grass and dried flowers on the nose. Textured and flavorful with a medium body and bright acidity. Crunchy, spicy finish. Drink now. Screw cap."

- James Suckling (January 2022), 90 pts


2018 Babylon's Peak Chenin Blanc - 90 PTS - IWR

2018 Babylon's Peak Chenin Blanc - 90 PTS - IWR

i winereview logo"This unwooded Chenin is made from a single vineyard of 38+ year old dry farmed bush vines planted on granitic soils. It offers a complex bouquet of minerals and tropical fruit with an herbal edge. The palate is crisp and mineral like with appealing guava fruit notes. Stephan aims for a fresh style, and he succeeds. One doesn’t typically age an inexpensive wine like this, but giving Chenin additional time in bottle often enhances complexity and richness. Stephan showed us a 2007 vintage of this wine, and it had evolved into a delicious, rich wine of honeyed peach and dried apricot. - Don Winkler"
- i-winereview.com (The Wines of Babylon’s Peak in South Africa’s Swartland, September 30th 2019), 90 pts

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Babylon’s Peak is a private cellar located on the slopes of the Paardeberg Mountains between Malmesbury and Paarl. Four generations have farmed here, passing down their winemaking knowledge and passion ...
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