Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird 2013
2013 Vintage 95/100 Tim Atkins Report 2014
2013 Vintage 4½ Platter’s SA Wine3 Vintage 95/100 Tim Atkins Report 2014
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It is pale straw in colour. On the nose there are inviting and intriguing floral aromas mingling with honey, white peach, pear and citrus. On the palate crisp minerality and stone fruit show with pithy textural core. The finish is subtle and lingering, fresh and elegant with unravelling layers.
Drink now or cellar for 5 to 10 years.
41% Chenin Blanc, 18% Grenache Blanc, 17% Chardonnay, 14% Viognier, 10% Roussanne
In The Cellar
This wine is essentially a winemakers wine, as it is all about the blend but vineyards sites are important and we source our grapes from areas where each variety grows best.
We not only get different components for the blend because of the different characteristics of the cultivars and sites but also from the winemaking techniques in the cellar.
We use oxidative and reductive approaches, cold soak skin contact, and solids and clean ferments. No yeasts are ever added to any ferment and the wines spend the majority of the year on their lees.
We also use a variety of vessels: 500l Oak barrels, Nomblot concrete egg tanks and some stainless steel. We aim for a fruit driven wine , that is supported by a more savoury solids and skin contact carrier as well as a little oak and lots of complexity.
Maturation: 12 months on lees. 70% fermented and matured in 500l Oak barrel, remaining 30% is fermented and aged in concrete eggs.