Fairview Petite Sirah 2014

July 11, 2015
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 3 Comments
Nothing petite about it.

Nothing petite about it.

Petite Sirah – also known as Durif – is a natural hybrid of Syrah and Peloursin which was discovered by Francois Durif in the south of France in 1920. Fairview’s Charles Back introduced it to South Africa in 2004 and total plantings at the end of 2014 amounted to all of 53.67ha, the 2015 edition of Platter’s listing three other single-variety examples in addition to that from Fairview.

The current-release Fairview 2012 sells for R105 a bottle. It was matured for 20 months in 50% new French oak, 10% new American oak and the rest older. Aromas of black fruit, dried herbs, spice and some earthiness. Great palate weight, zippy acidity and nicely grippy tannins. Pair with Led Zeppelin’s IV and rock out.

Score: 90/100.

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  1. Guy ScottOctober 28, 2017 at 2:07 pmReply

    This 2014 is just fantastic, loaded with tons of nice black fruit flavours, full bodied yet gentle and still huge, delighted I tried it and will buy more. This variety is also found in California generally in small lots. id give this wine 90 -92 points, it just has everything, complex, bold and also easy drinking at a young age, nice sweet vanilla oak notes. Fairview is maybe the most reliable affordable winery in SA so far from what we have found, we also love Eagles Nest.

  2. Angela lloydJuly 18, 2015 at 12:41 pmReply

    Petite Sirah is a cross (same vitis species) rather than a hybrid (different vitis species) – a mistake on the press release, rather than yours.

  3. Hennie LouwJuly 13, 2015 at 10:41 amReply

    This is a fantastic wine. When introduced to customers always a positive feedback. They changed the label from Duriff to Petit Syrah. Prefer the former.

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