Fairview Nurok 2012

While I found the maiden 2011 vintage of the white blend that is Nurok from Fairview a bit too enigmatic to really like, the 2012 is pretty damn sexy. Consisting of 43% Viognier, 35% Chenin Blanc, 17% Roussanne and 5% Grenache Blanc, it’s a sumptuous, very polished wine showing plenty of white peach flavour – […]

December 4, 2013
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Fairview Brut 2011

The Paarl cellar Fairview is nothing if not innovative and its maiden Méthode Cap Classique sees the traditional bubbly varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir eschewed for a blend of 36% Viognier, 34% Grenache Noir and 30% Grenache Blanc. Price per bottle is R120 and only 500 cases made. The result is unusual but entirely […]

May 22, 2013
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Fairview Nurok 2011

Joining the small but growing category of white blends which see Chenin Blanc blended with Rhône varieties is Fairview Nurok 2011 (Fairview owner Charles Back’s wife Diane descended from the Nurok family originally of Lithuania and hence the name. As for the origins of the name “Nurok”, the back label is a must-read…). The wine […]

October 19, 2012
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Goats do Roam Red 2011

What to make of Goats do Roam Red 2011. It’s R45 a bottle from the Fairview tasting room, so on price alone, you’d expect an unpretentious quaffer. It’s a six-way blend, however, so you might hope for some complexity (61% Syrah for freshnes, 16% Cinsaut for softness, 12% Mourvèdre for spice, 5% Grenache for fruit, […]

April 5, 2012
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Fairview Pinotage 1979

Yesterday an information session with Charles Back of Fairview, Goats do Roam, La Capra and Spice Route. “Wine on its own is not a strong enough draw card to appeal to the average tourist,” he says and so Fairview’s The Goatshed restaurant, cheeses, breads and olive oils. Back has now acquired another Paarl property in […]

October 7, 2011
by Christian
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Newton Johnson Syrah Mourvèdre 2007

A tasting of six Shiraz-led red blends on behalf of Food & Home Entertaining magazine. The line-up was compiled at random, the minimum requirement being that all included should have impressed at some point in the past. I reviewed the wines with James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for Belthatzar and Balducci’s […]

April 4, 2011
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La Capra Chenin Blanc 2009

Is there anybody in South African wine to touch Charles Back of Fairview, Spice Route and Goats do Roam when it comes to marketing?  His latest initiative is the launch of La Capra, a range of “lifestyle” wines and while they take their name from the Italian for goat, they go so much beyond “critter […]

June 29, 2010
by Christian
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