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 2015 season was one of the driest and earliest harvest in years. Conditions throughout the growing season and harvest were conducive to the production of high quality grapes. Crop on the vines was thinned out at the beginning of January in order to balance growth and tonnage. Except for one heat wave towards the end of January, the much cooler temperatures at night caused the grapes to ripen slowly which helped to maintain the natural acidity of the grapes. Harvest took place two weeks earlier than usual. These conditions resulted in fully ripe, healthy grapes which contributed to a more tropical and richer style of Viognier than previous vintages.

Vinification

The grapes were hand-picked in the 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

Bright light green colour in the glass with powerful stone fruit and honeysuckle aromas, followed by a full bodied palate with spice and lingering fruit flavours.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Viognier
Region Paarl, Coastal Region
Winemaker Anthony de Jager
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6.4g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.35