2013 Fable Mountain "Night Sky" GSM Coastal Region (Previously $20)

SKU #1346014 90 points James Suckling

 Ripe black cherries with fresh herbs. Fresh and fruity palate. Balanced but quite simple and short. Enjoy now.  (8/2017)

90 points Vinous

 Bright medium red. Sexy scents of dark raspberry, boysenberry, mocha, spices and dried flowers. Concentrated and suave, with dark raspberry, pepper and spice flavors offering lovely inner-mouth energy and perfume. Finishes with a firm but fine dusting of tannins and lovely lift and length. Precise, youthful wine with a light touch and a bright future. (ST)  (5/2017)

K&L Notes

Praise for the producer's 2013 vintage from Neal Martin in Wine Advocate: "Fable Mountains Vineyards’ recent releases just blew me away last year. Part of Charles Banks’ stable, it’s Rebecca Tanner and Paul Nicholls who have really ratcheted up the quality in recent year to the very top of the South African tree (or should that be vine)." (11/2015)

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/2/2018 | Send Email
If South Africa is not yet on your radar for producing fine wines, I hope you pick this one up as it will inevitably change your mind. The ancient, vertical shale soils lend a ton of minerality here and the afternoon sun this vineyard gets just touches the fruit without overripening it. The mouthfeel is rich, but also lifted, which really showcases the individual characteristics of each variety represented here. I think I'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't like this one.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2018 | Send Email
A GSM as elegant as they come! This wine shows lovely round red fruits, with a hint of peppery spice, but neither too tannic and harsh, nor too jammy and ripe. It strikes the perfect balance for a medium bodied, food-friendly wine. Tending more toward the French style than the California style of GSM, this wine is easily one of the best values and finest quality deals coming from South Africa at the moment.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2018 | Send Email
A delightfully textural wine. There are no edges here, but it is not flabby. Dark fruits with a spice and a touch of South African spice. If you like rich wines from the South of France, this is something that you must try.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2018 | Send Email
The Rhone-style wines of South Africa have been some of my favorite values in the last few years as I continue to taste them. Fable Mountain counts among the best of them. This GSM blend is stylistically traditional with its ripe, blue and black berries, pepper, woodsy spices, coffee bean, and seamless balance of tannin and acid. It picks up a smoky, meaty quality, along with a kick of eucalyptus. Truly classic while opening up new avenues of flavor within this stylistic framework.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2018 | Send Email
As most people know, I definitely have consumed a plethora of Rhone wines from all over the Rhone valley, if I haven't heard of or tried a particular village or appelation, I jump on it as soon as possible. The letters G, S, and M tend to be my favorites these days Wanting to switch things up for a bit, I decided to try Night Sky from Fable Mountain. I don't normally drink South African wine, but I figured, for 20 bucks, hey, why not? Let's do some exploring! If you're a fan of GSM blends coming from Paso Robles or even Santa Barbara County, the Night Sky from Fable Mountain is most likely up your ally. And at the price point we sell it at, it's a steal! This blend is a little more fruit forward than I expected, but it's extremely approachable, and I'm sure it will please the Novice wine drinker. Definitely worth a whirl.

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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5