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 the vineyards at Fairview farm in Agter-Paarl. These trellised Fairview vines are grown on the slopes of Paarl mountain, on decomposed granite soils.

Vintage Information

The 2014 vintage looks like an ideal white wine year following a fantastic cold wet winter, mild spring and warm summer with no significant heat waves or other disruption. With this in mind, Fairview were able to release the 2014 Viognier three to four months earlier than usual. The wine shows delicate fruit flavours, with the oak, tannin and acidity already well integrated.

Vinification

The grapes were hand-picked early morning and whole bunch pressed. Only the free run juice was used. 60% of the Viognier was fermented in stainless steel tanks and 40% was fermented in French oak barrels (20% new). After fermentation, the wine was left sur lie for four months, with regular stirring.

Tasting Notes

A pale gold wine with green hues. Pear drop and jasmine blossom dominate on the nose. Fresh pear flavours follow through on the palate, combined with a nutmeg spice and lingering fruit.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Viognier
Region Paarl, Coastal Region
Winemaker Anthony de Jager
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.8g/l
Residual Sugar 2.3g/l
Wine pH 3.33