Paarl Viognier

Paarl

Fairview

Fairview is situated on the lower slopes of Mount Paarl, which is more...

sheltered from the moderating maritime influence than nearby Stellenbosch. Vines were planted here as early as 1699. The property was bought by the grandfather of current owner Charles Back in 1937. Fairview has a reputation for consistent quality across a range of innovative styles, using both classic and unusual varieties, and leads the field in South Africa in matching varieties to specific sites. The Fairview estate now has a total of 680 hectares of vineyard over four appellations: Paarl (350 hectares), Swartland (155 hectares), Darling (140 hectares) and Stellenbosch (35 hectares). This vineyard ownership in so many different regions allows Charles to produce a wide range of wines, from grapes grown in optimal conditions. In 2014, Charles received a lifetime achievement award from the International Wine Challenge.

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Vineyards

The fruit is sourced from two farms, primarily from the vineyards at Fairview and from the Primo farm in Agter-Paarl. The trellised Fairview vines grow on the slopes of Paarl mountain, on decomposed granite soils. The Primo farm is on Glenrosa soils and vines are trellised and unirrigated.

Vinification

The grapes were picked early morning and whole bunch pressed. Once settled, the juice was fermented in a combination of 10% new French oak, 40% 2nd and 3rd fill French oak, and 50% in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was left sur lie for nine months, with battonage weekly. Limited malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in the barrel component during this time, but this is no more than 15%. The wine is then blended and prepared for bottling.

Tasting Notes

Dried apricot and peach aromas abound on the nose. A rich, well balanced palate with gentle integrated oak and ripe stone fruit flavours.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Viognier
Region Paarl, Coastal Region
Winemaker Anthony de Jager
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 6.2g/l
Residual Sugar 4g/l
Wine pH 3.29