Paarl cellar Fairview has three examples of Shiraz among its single vineyard wines, tasting them next to each providing a fascinating study into the influence of site.
Fairview The Beacon Shiraz 2014
Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1995 on shale in the Swartland. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 30% new. A very expressive nose of black fruit, purple flowers, some meatiness, earth, pepper and spice. Rich and full with good depth of flavour, tangy acidity and powdery tannins, the finish long and savoury.
Editor’s rating: 92/100.
Fairview Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2014
Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1996 on shale in Paarl. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 40% new. Red fruit plus intense pepper and spice as well as a slightly earthy note on the nose. Rich, broad and ever so slightly sweet with moderate acidity and quite soft tannins.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
Fairview Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2014
Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1997 on shale in the Swartland. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 40% new. A hint of reduction before black fruit, olive and fynbos and fennel. Full but balanced and well structured – good fruit definition, fresh acidity and some nice tannic grip.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
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