Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird 2012 (4.0/5)
Successful venture capitalist Charles Banks and his wife Ali lead Terroir Selections, an investment firm specialising in unique hospitality and wine properties. Terroir Selections is behind a series of wineries that are notorious for delivering high quality wines marked by high integrity and character yet offering good value for money. I'm not saying you will find inexpensive wines under their brands. The majority of them belong to premium price category. However, in the premium segment, their wines deliver excellent quality/price ratio. Mayacamas, Qupé, Sandhi, Wind Gap, Mulderbosch, Fable Mountain Vineyards are only few of the jewels on Terroir Selections crown.
Fable Mountain Vineyard is located in Tulbagh (South Africa), on the rugged slopes of the Witzenberg Mountain range. Previously known as Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards, the winery started life in January 2000 already aimed to produce great biodynamic wines. Charles Banks bought the winery in 2011.
Rebecca Tanner is the winemaker here since 2009 alongside with her partner Paul Nicholls.
What is it about Fable? I let their video tell you.
There are 4 wines produced at Fable. A bone dry rose (Belle Flower), a white blend (Jackal Bird), a top cuvee Syrah, and a proprietary red blend (Night Sky).
The Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird 2012 is a blend of old vine Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier and Chardonnay sourced from different sites across the Western Cape. Indigenous yeasts are used to ferment the wine in a mixture of concrete eggs, oak and stainless steel.
White flowers, stone fruits, citrus and beeswax with just a hint of smoky notes.
Rich yet very elegant and restrained, a convincing combination of new-world and old-world school. Although it does not excel for tension or minerality, it has a superb texture - consider a portion of the grapes go through skin contact, part of the wine goes through controlled oxidation, then sur lie & bâtonnage in oak barrels, in few words they know how to craft their stuff ;-)
Not a bargain at more than £20, but definitely there's lot of quality here. On the right path to excellence. Drink now or in the next 5+ years.