Charles Banks of Terroir Selections purchased Fable Mountain Vineyards in 2010, and he quickly fell in love with the sheer majestic beauty of South Africa, the adventurous side of South African wine, and with snakes, baboons, leopards, and other wild animals roaming around Fable’s vineyards in Tulbagh, this winery certainly is an adventure. Winemaker Rebecca Tanner and viticulturist Paul Nicholls are making world class wines at Fable Mountain Vineyards. Tulbagh is a town located in the Cape Winelands of the Western Cape of South Africa. It is adjacent to the Swartland, which the Wine Spectator called “the industry’s most exciting frontier,” and has very similar climatic and terroir character. Fable Mountain’s estate vineyards line completely within Tulbagh, up against the rugged slopes of the Witzenberg Mountain range, where 32 hectares of Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Grenache are planted at elevations of 400-650 meters. Fable Mountain also makes a white wine which is sourced from vineyards in the Swartland. The vines grow slowly in Tulbagh, as they do not have the luxury of much soil. They must work their way into ancient vertical shale. The mountains behind Fable Mountain Vineyards tower over the vines and have a critical influence to the uniqueness of the site. Under the watchful eyes of Rebecca & Paul, the vineyard team at Fable Mountain uses a Biodynamic and deep agro-ecological approach to ensure that the integrity of the site is maintained.
Raptor Post from Fable Mountain Vineyards is a Rhone style blend from Tulbagh. Aged for 12 months in old French Oak the wine is produced in a modern, fruit forward style. The bouquet displays fresh brambly fruit characters with peppery sweet spice. Bright and easy drinking on the palate with ripe red fruit and a spicy lingering finish.