Fairview Homtini 2015

What varieties will prevail in the district of Darling? Charles Back of Fairview and Spice Route owns 135ha here and as ever, he and his team are exploring all options. The Homtini 2015 is a blend of 41% Sangiovese, 37% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Shiraz, matured for 16 months in 70% French and […]

August 10, 2017
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Fairview Stok by Paaltjie Grenache 2014

Whatever you might say about Fairview, Charles Back’s operation in Paarl, you can’t criticize the range for being conservative. Just as Grenache starts to trend, along comes this farm’s version, the name referencing the trellising system which sees each vine supported by its own pole. Fermented in open-top foudre before being basket pressed, the wine […]

April 28, 2017
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Fairview Old Paarl Bushvines Cinsault 2016

And now Fairview also comes to the Cinsaut/Cinsault party with this 2016 from Paarl vineyards over 30 years in age, winemaking involving fermentation in open-top oak fermenters, 20% whole bunch before 10 months of maturation in third- and fourth-fill barrels. On the nose, a hint of lavender before black cherry, earth and spice. The palate […]

April 3, 2017
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Fairview Homtini 2014

Homtini used to be the name of Fairview winemaker Anthony de Jager’s own-label Shiraz-Viognier but now designates an entirely different wine. De Jager suggest that current-release Homtini 2014 be viewed as a “Super Darling”, the wine taking its cue from the Super Tuscans of Italy and leading with 41% Sangiovese from Fairview’s Darling vineyards plus […]

March 3, 2016
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Fairview Petite Sirah 2014

Petite Sirah – also known as Durif – is a natural hybrid of Syrah and Peloursin which was discovered by Francois Durif in the south of France in 1920. Fairview’s Charles Back introduced it to South Africa in 2004 and total plantings at the end of 2014 amounted to all of 53.67ha, the 2015 edition […]

July 11, 2015
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Top 100 SA Wines 2015 – Results

Results of the Top 100 SA Wines 2015 competition convened by Robin von Holdt of Buybetterwine.com and chaired by Tim Atkin MW were announced last night. According to the official media release, there were 500 entries from 140 wineries. White wines enjoyed a total listing of 38, red wines 52, Natural Sweet four, Cap Classique […]

April 16, 2015
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Goats do Roam White 2009

Right 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 […]

January 6, 2015
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Fairview Nurok 2013

The drawback of Viognier is that for all its heady aromas, it can tend to be flabby on the palate. The Nurok 2013 from Fairview in Paarl sees the most Viognier used of the three vintages to date – 47% compared to 43% in the case of 2012 and 32% in the maiden 2011 and […]

November 4, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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