Fairview Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2014

January 8, 2018
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 3 Comments

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
Price: R285
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.

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Fairview Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2014
Price: R285
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.

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Fairview Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2014

Call of the wild.

Fairview Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2014
Price: R285
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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  1. ChristianJanuary 11, 2018 at 8:42 amReplyAuthor

    Hi Tim, Good suggestion and I will do so going forward (although the 0.5% tolerance allowed between what is determined on analysis and what is labelled can be significant). The three Fairview wines in question were all labeled has having alcohols of 14%.

  2. Tim JamesJanuary 10, 2018 at 4:26 pmReply

    A New Year suggestion, Christian. I know that balance is what matters and that numbers need to be taken in context, but many wine-scorers and -critics indicate at least the alcohol level of wines they’re commenting on. It can be very useful, I find, in conjunction with a tasting note, in giving an idea of the style of a wine. At least as much as the amount of new oak. Many of your readers are pretty geeky, I suspect, and would appreciate some technical analysis when it’s available. I’ve been pushing Platter to do this, but with no success thus far – any chance in persuading you? (Maybe I should do it too, it suddenly occurs to me – I don’t think I do!)

    • KwispedoorJanuary 10, 2018 at 9:39 pmReply

      I’d like to second this. At least the ABV is policed in South Africa, unlike many other wine producing countries.

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