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 of Platter’s listing three other single-variety examples in addition to that from Fairview.
The current-release Fairview 2012 sells for R105 a bottle. It was matured for 20 months in 50% new French oak, 10% new American oak and the rest older. Aromas of black fruit, dried herbs, spice and some earthiness. Great palate weight, zippy acidity and nicely grippy tannins. Pair with Led Zeppelin’s IV and rock out.