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
by Christian Eedes
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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
by Christian Eedes
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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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Fairview Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2011

Top-end South African reds are typically characterised by their fruit concentration, sometimes to the point of being over-whelming, but when a wine comes along that isn’t super-dense, then against myself I find myself questioning its worth. The Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2011 (R185 a bottle) from the Fairview is no exactly a shrinking violet but doesn’t have […]

February 5, 2014
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Fairview Pegleg Carignan 2009

Despite being late ripening and susceptible to disease, Carignan is widely planted in the south of France on account of being super-productive. Its origins are presumed Spanish and many will know it for the role it plays in the cult wines of Priorat. It typically makes wines high in acidity and tannins but old vines […]

January 29, 2014
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Fairview Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2010 vs Fairview The Beacon Shiraz 2010

Presumably taking their cue from Guigal’s singlevineyard Côte Rôties, namely La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque, South African producers are increasingly inclined to bottle terroir-specific Shiraz – the Granite and Schist Syrahs from Mullineux are obvious examples as are Pillars and Aeon from Haskell. Fairview has perhaps been at it the longest and last […]

January 22, 2014
by Christian
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Fairview Extraño 2010

In an article I wrote for Wine.co.za reviewing the composition of the national vineyard, Andrew Barns of Wellington wine nursery Mischa says “I often think we are more like Rioja than Bordeaux and should be planting more Tempranillo but it’s Bordeaux which sells”. Whereas plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon currently amount to nearly 12 000ha, Tempranillo […]

January 15, 2014
by Christian
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CBC Pilsner

Craft beers are surely stealing market share from wine on the basis that they offer great flavour experiences for relatively little money but Charles Back of Fairview and Spice Route has headed this potential problem off by providing his own beer offering in the form of the Cape Brewing Company. To start lunch at the […]

January 13, 2014
by Christian
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