Goats do Roam White 2009

Goats do Roam White 2009Right at the back of the holiday house wine fridge, a bottle of Goats do Roam White 2009, acquired for the princely sum of R45 a bottle. A blend of 54% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc and 6% Roussanne from the Fairview cellar in Paarl, it proved to be a stonker.

White and yellow peach, golden delicious apple, some bee’s wax plus a hint of spiciness. Good palate weight but also vibrant acidity – really nicely balanced. Some pleasing development in evidence but also a sense that the wine still has some time to go (here I thought closure under screwcap has been of real benefit). Very satisfying to drink and it would surely have held its own among much more lofty company.

Score: 92/100.

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  1. Christian EedesJanuary 7, 2015 at 4:31 pmReplyAuthor

    Hi Rob, Platter’s 2010 reviews the 2008 vintage (3 Stars) and states the winemaking team as Anthony de Jager and Erlank Erasmus; Platter’s 2011 reviews the 2010 vintage (3 Stars) and states the team as De Jager, Adele Dunbar and Stephanie Betts; no review of the 2009. According to the Fairview Twitter feed, 2009 was the first time this cellar harvested Roussanne.

  2. Rob MorrisJanuary 6, 2015 at 10:24 pmReply

    Who was the cellar team at the time? Be interesting to know some more background. Love these “sleeper” discoveries, keep ’em coming.

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