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Fairview Brut 2011

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Clean as a whistle.
Clean as a whistle.

The Paarl cellar Fairview is nothing if not innovative and its maiden Méthode Cap Classique sees the traditional bubbly varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir eschewed for a blend of 36% Viognier, 34% Grenache Noir and 30% Grenache Blanc. Price per bottle is R120 and only 500 cases made.

The result is unusual but entirely satisfying. There are subtle notes of white peach and Granny Smith apple while a fine, energetic mousse and really zippy acidity make for a sherbert-like sensation in the mouth before a bracingly dry finish. Winemaking is precise with no oxidation or weird aldehydic character in evidence (18 months on the less after secondary fermentation).

Score: 88/100.

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