The Raptor Post Red 2016

The Raptor Post Red 2016 from Fable Mountain Vineyards is a great little find – a blend of 50% Grenache, 39% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre, it provides terrific quality relative to its price of R100 a bottle. Fermentation was spontaneous, a small portion whole bunch and maturation lasted 12 months in older 500-litre barrels. The […]

October 17, 2017
by Christian
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Fable Mountain Vineyards appoints new winemaker

After the shock departure of winegrowers Rebecca Tanner and Paul Nicholls from high-profile Tulbagh winery Fable Mountain Vineyards earlier this year, owners Terroir Life have announced that Tremayne Smith, previously assistant winemaker at Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines. Terroir Life was founded by Charles Banks, former owner of cult California winery Screaming Eagle. Other wineries […]

May 11, 2016
by Christian
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Fable Mountain Vineyards Belle Flower 2014

The Belle Flower 2014 from Tulbagh cellar Fable Mountain Vineyards, with the pink colour of the wine mirroring the winelands sunset depicted on the label, is a finalist in this year’s Wine Label Design Awards (vote for your favourite here) but what of the wine inside the bottle? W.O. Swartland, it’s a blend of 40% […]

February 16, 2016
by Christian
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Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1974

“You’re at the centre of one of the most exciting places in the entire wine world, more so than you realise,” was the opening comment of Charles Banks to an audience consisting of local trade and media yesterday. Banks owns the Terroir Life portfolio of wine brands which includes Fable Mountain Vineyards, Marvelous and Mulderbosch […]

November 11, 2015
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Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird 2013

Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird 2013 was nominated for 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s but I think it’s off the pace set by previous vintages. A blend of 41% Chenin Blanc, 18% Grenache Blanc, 17% Chardonnay, 13% Viognier and 11% Roussanne, it shows peach, cut apple, spice and a little earthiness. The […]

February 9, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards Vin Pi One

The Vin Pi wines from Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards (now Fable Mountain Vineyards) were  made by air-drying Chenin Blanc grapes and here’s the interesting part, applying the solera system so that the final wine would be a fractional blend  incorporating various different  vintages, the number changing with each release. Maiden release Vin Pi One, from three […]

February 16, 2014
by Christian
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Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird 2012

I really liked the old Fable Mountain Vineyards label but apparently most people hated it. Yesterday I got a sneak peak of the Jackal Bird 2012 and its new packaging… It’s a blend of 45% Chenin Blanc, 20% Grenache Blanc, 17% Roussanne, 9% Chardonnay and 9% Viognier. Pear and peach but also an intriguing herbaceous […]

October 16, 2013
by Christian
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