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Ayama Baboon’s Back Shiraz 2011

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Shades of Ralph Steadman.
Shades of Ralph Steadman.

Last night, Ayama Baboon’s Back Shiraz 2011, winner of a gold medal in the recent Design Awards 2013 run by UK wine and spirits website Harpers. Italian couple Attilio and Michela Dalpiaz and friends bought Slent Farm on the Voor Paardeberg in 2005 and Ayama is the name given to the resulting winemaking venture.

In the case of Baboon’s Back Shiraz, the label was designed by Davide Bevilaqua of Mumble Design in Italy and depicts a baboon clasping a bunch of grapes – baboons often raid the vineyards but are typically only seen from behind as they scarper off.  

The wine itself is not super-complex but likeable even so. Very primary with upfront dark fruit and a hint of fynbos. Good concentration, fresh acidity and apparently only lightly wooded. Nicely peppery on the  finish. Price per bottle: R75.

Score: 86/100.

Isn’t it time South Africa had its own wine design awards? Post a comment if you’ve got any ideas on how to make it happen.

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