Fairview, `Goats do Roam` Red 2020
|Region||Paarl, Western Cape|
|Wine Type||Red Wine|
|Body / Style||Fruit Notes, Soft & Supple, Medium-Bodied Red|
|Grape Blend||37% Syrah/Shiraz , 12% Durif, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache/Garnacha , 9% Tempranillo, 8% Pinotage, 5% Malbec|
|Bottle Size (ml)||750|
|Special Features||Fair Trade, Vegan|
|Extra Info||Rhone-style red|
|Food Pairing Guide||Great with BBQs or duck|
Rhone-style South African red, with fresh berry and plum fruit characters and a subtle spicy note on the finish. Redcurrant, plum and peppercorns on the nose. Medium bodied with firm tannins, the youthful palate has generous berry fruit and hints of spice from the oak with a long, fresh finish.
The 2019 harvest was particularly challenging. The drought of the last few years paired with a few exceptionally warm and windy days at the end of October severely affected yields. The cooler vineyards in Darling and Stellenbosch produced better yields than those in Paarl, although they were still down on previous years. Red wine yields were down approximately 40% versus average yields over the past few vintages. However, the fruit that was harvested was top quality with ripe tannins and rich colour.
Charles Back, the owner of Fairview, is also the man behind Goats do Roam, which was launched in 1999. Goats do Roam is rare in that it is an amusing and original proposition allied to wines of good quality and value for money. Normally, these 'concept' wines put more money into marketing than into quality but, characteristically, Charles has done the opposite. The fruit for Goats is sourced primarily from Paarl, Malmesbury and Paardeberg. The 'legend' goes that some errant members of Fairview's long established goat herd, supplier of milk for Fairview's internationally award-winning cheeses, escaped one afternoon from their paddock into the Fairview vineyards when Charles Back's young son Jason accidentally left the paddock gate open. The little group happily roamed among the vineyards, showing rare discernment by selecting some of the ripest berries from some of the choicest vines. Their selection serves as the inspiration for the blends of these wines.
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