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Backsberg Family Reserve White 2015

The Chenin-driven Cape White Blend is so well defined that anything that deviates from this looks a tad peculiar. The Family Reserve White 2015 from Paarl property Backsberg is a rather exotic blend of 33% Roussanne, 29% Sauvignon Blanc, 17% Chardonnay, 17% Viognier and 4% Semillon and was best in the “White Blends – Various” […]

June 17, 2016
by Christian
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Backsberg wins big at the The Drinks Business Green Awards

It was announced in London last night that Michael Back, owner of Paarl winery Backsberg, has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Green Awards convened by UK liquor trade magazine The Drinks Business while the property itself won the Amorim Sustainability Award – Backsberg became the first carbon neutral winery in South Africa […]

April 22, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Christmas in the winelands

Why not make this Christmas holiday a real holiday and allow someone else to do the cooking and washing up? The Cape winelands has a plethora of restaurants offering Christmas Eve dinners and Christmas day lunches. Set menus, buffets, foodie experiences, home-style traditional cooking – it’s all here. Backsberg, Klapmuts Christmas lunch: R470 per person […]

October 23, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Backsberg Pinot Noir 1985

“You must first understand the basics of wine and food interaction and then you can experiment with complete freedom,” says Nancy Gilchrist MW and wine educator. She was speaking at a tasting of the Black Label range from Paarl producer Backsberg done with different foods representing acidity, saltiness, sweetness, bitterness and umami. Rules of thumb: […]

January 29, 2013
by Christian
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Backsberg John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009

It’s clearly part of my fatal fascination with Sauvignon Blanc that even in the depths of winter and amidst literally hundreds of samples to taste for the 2013 edition of Platter’s, I can’t help opening a bottle as an aperitif. Last night, the top-end John Martin Reserve 2009 from Paarl cellar Backsberg. Fruit predominantly from […]

July 18, 2012
by Christian
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Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 1973

The beginning of judging for Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012 and the customary Sunday afternoon old wines tasting followed  by as informal a supper as the luxury Grande Roche hotel in Paarl can manage. My top white wine was Backsberg Chardonnay 1985, which won Sydney Back the title of 1986 Diners Club Winemaker of […]

May 6, 2012
by Christian
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Wine trend: alternative packaging

It ‘s entirely appropriate that Backsberg, South Africa’s first carbon neutral winery, also lead the way when it comes to bottling wine in PET soft bottles, the first product coming to market in 2010 under the Tread Lightly label. PET (which stands for polyethylene terephthalate) is a thermoplastic polymer resin with numerous advantages for the […]

February 20, 2012
by Christian
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