Joostenberg Fairhead 2011

Whispers rather than shouts.

Whispers rather than shouts.

The blend called Fairhead might be the flagship white from Paarl property Joostenberg but it is the antithesis of a “statement wine” and the 2011 (R100 a bottle) shows particular refinement.

Consisting of 67% Chenin Blanc, 23% Viognier and 10% Roussanne, it underwent spontaneous fermentation in old oak before maturation lasting 10 months.

There’s a floral top note to the nose before aromas of lemon and peach plus some leesy complexity. The palate meanwhile is medium bodied with fresh acidity while the finish has a gently savoury quality. Not short on detail and definitely possessing more verve than the 2010.

Score: 91/100.

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