Fairview Pinotage, Paarl, Western Cape 2018/19
|Region||Paarl, Western Cape|
|Wine Type||Red Wine|
|Body / Style||Rich & Savoury, Full-Bodied Red|
|Grape Blend||100% Pinotage|
|Bottle Size (ml)||750|
|Special Features||Sustainable, Vegan|
|Extra Info||Plummy, full-bodied red|
|Food Pairing Guide||Raise a glass of this with your next 'Braai' (BBQ)!!!|
Fairview Pinotage is a classic example of (arguably!) South Africa's greatest export. The lovechild of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, it's bright red with plenty of berry aromas and subtle dark chocolate. It's full bodied, plummy, and gets a bit of spice (not too much) from the oak ageing. The tannins give the wine a lovely, elegant structure. A great example of this underrated grape!
Pinotage is a classic South African variety and originates from a 1925 cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (known as Hermitage in South Africa). The Fairview Pinotage was harvested from older bush vines in the Agter- Paarl and from trellised vineyards on the Fairview farm in Paarl. These older bush vines are dry farmed and grown on deep, Malmesbury Shales soils, whilst the trellised vines are drip irrigated.
2017 was another hot vintage. April and May were very dry, but winter brought the cold and welcome rainfall. Warmer weather in August contributed to an early, even bud burst. October and November were characterised by cool nights and warm days, which were perfect for flowering and berry set. The generally dry vintage resulted in very healthy grapes with no disease or rot.
Fairview is situated on the lower slopes of Mount Paarl, which is more sheltered from the moderating maritime influence than nearby Stellenbosch. Vines were planted here as early as 1699. The property was bought by the grandfather of current owner Charles Back in 1937. Fairview has a reputation for consistent quality across a range of innovative styles, using both classic and unusual varieties, and leads the field in South Africa in matching varieties to specific sites. The Fairview estate now has a total of 680 hectares of vineyard over four appellations: Paarl (350 hectares), Swartland (155 hectares), Darling (140 hectares) and Stellenbosch (35 hectares). This vineyard ownership in so many different regions allows Charles to produce a wide range of wines, from grapes grown in optimal conditions. In 2014, Charles received a lifetime achievement award from the International Wine Challenge.
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