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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.


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

  2. 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.


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