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Joostenberg Fairhead 2014

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Joostenberg Fairhead 2014
Pushing the envelope.

The 2014 vintage of the white blend known as Fairhead from Paarl property Joostenberg is way out. A blend of 50% Chenin Blanc, 25% Roussanne and 25% Viognier, it underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation for 15 months in old oak and is more overtly oxidative than usual.

The nose shows a top note of dried flowers before white and yellow peach plus a touch of spice. It’s rich and broad on the palate with soft acidity (4.3 g/l) and a gently savoury finish. It has certain rusticity about it but there’s plenty going on – I like it but it is nerdy and I do wonder about its general commercial appeal. Price: R115 a bottle.

#WinemagRating: 91/100.

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