Fairview, Goats do Roam, `The Goatfather` 2017/19
|Region||Paarl, Western Cape|
|Wine Type||Red Wine|
|Body / Style||Soft & Supple, Rich & Savoury, Medium-Bodied Red|
|Grape Blend||63% Sangiovese , 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Tannat|
|Bottle Size (ml)||750|
|Special Features||Fair Trade, Vegan|
|Extra Info||Oak aged, quirky|
|Food Pairing Guide||Try with pork chops or hard cheese|
Fairview, Goats do Roam, `The Goatfather` is a concept wine with real character. This medium-bodied wine has pronounced red berry and cherry aromas, and you get those same flavours on the palate, as well as a sprinkling of warming vanilla which comes from the ageing in French and American oak. The tannins lend structure and elegance, and it has a lasting finish. A lovely wine from this esteemed producer.
This vintage is a blend of four varieties sourced from several districts within the Coastal Region, selected for their varietal characteristics which together make for a vibrant, supple wine with smooth tannins.
Much like the challenging conditions faced in 2015, the 2016 winter season delivered less than half of the average rainfall across all areas, requiring early measures of crop control to maintain quality. These conditions meant that the 2016 vintage was three weeks earlier than normal. Those growers who implemented quality control measures early in the season were rewarded with healthy grapes, with concentrated flavours which produced high quality wines.
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.