Fairview Pinotage 1979

October 7, 2011
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 4 Comments


Yesterday an information session with Charles Back of Fairview, Goats do Roam, La Capra and Spice Route. “Wine on its own is not a strong enough draw card to appeal to the average tourist,” he says and so Fairview’s The Goatshed restaurant, cheeses, breads and olive oils.

Back has now acquired another Paarl property in addition to Fairview in the shape of Seidelberg which will be become the point of public interface for Spice Route wines (which originate from the Swartland) while there will also be a restaurant, a “from-bean-to-bar” chocolate factory and distillery. “The success of markets at the Old Biscuit Mill and in Hout Bay point to a consumer hankering to connect with product. We’re taking it one step further”.

Afterwards, the chance to taste some work-in-progress wines as well as some older vintages. The revered Shiraz 1974, the first year wine appeared under a Fairview label, looked rustic and a bit tired but a Pinotage 1979, the first wine made by Charles Back himself, was splendid – sweet red fruit, bright acidity and still remarkably firm tannins. Some of head cheesemaker Louis Lourens’ French-style Brie on a hunk of baguette and a glass of this and I was a happy man.

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  1. FairviewNovember 21, 2011 at 10:05 amReply

    Hi there all.

    thanks so much for all your comments and interest in our wine.
    You are correct – our labels do state 1693 – this was when the official demarcation of Fairview as a formal farm occurred. However it was under a different name.The farm was then known as Bloemkoolfontein (‘Cauliflower Fountain’). Jests current owner/vintner Charles Back II: ‘I’m glad my forebears had the foresight to change the name!’ 

    Cyril Back went solo in 1974. Bottling his own wine for the first time – 500 cases each of Cabernet, Shiraz and Pinotage – he initiated the Cape’s first public wine auction as a vehicle to promote and sell the fledgling Fairview wines. The top price back then? ‘R3 a bottle,’ recalls his son Charles II.

    I hope that this clarifies your understanding.

  2. ChristianOctober 9, 2011 at 5:32 pmReplyAuthor

    Retro rocks. Something lost on the Chateau Libertas brand management team…

  3. Corlea FourieOctober 8, 2011 at 10:14 pmReply

    That`s actually one lovely looking label!

  4. Peter MayOctober 7, 2011 at 5:53 pmReply

    “. The revered Shiraz 1974, the first year wine appeared under a Fairview label” – Might you be mistaken — because their bottles proudly proclaim ‘Fariview. Since 1693′ ?

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