`La Beryl Blanc` Paarl Chenin Blanc/Muscat

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

Fairview La Beryl is a traditional straw dried sweet wine named after Charles Back's mother. The Chenin Blanc was grown in two vineyards. The first is an untrellised dryland vineyard at the Primo farm in Agter-Paarl and the second is a 33 year old vineyard at Fairview, where the vines are planted in decomposed granite, with koffieklip subsoils.

Vintage Information

The cool and dry ripening season ensured that there was no chance of rot damage during the drying process. The fruit was harvested very carefully by hand over a three-day period from the 26th to 28th of February 2013. A very labour-intensive harvesting process, each bunch that had any damaged or imperfect berries had to be removed carefully, while in the vineyard.

Vinification

The Chenin Blanc grapes were hand harvested into small baskets and transferred to a well-ventilated barn where they were laid out on beds of straw to dry for approximately four weeks. During this time, the grapes lost about 75% of their volume, intensifying flavour and sweetness. The grapes were pressed and the juice fermented for eight months in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks prior to filtering and bottling.

Tasting Notes

Intense tropical fruit followed by delicate notes of clove and hints of jasmine blossom on the nose. Lychee and tropical fruit linger on the palate. The mouthfeel is rich and fruity yet well-balanced, with refreshing acidity. The Beryl Blanc will age well but is excellent now.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 79% Chenin Blanc
21% Moscato/Muscat
Region Paarl, Coastal Region
Winemaker Anthony de Jager
Alcohol (ABV) 11.5%
Acidity 9.5g/l
Residual Sugar 159.8g/l
Wine pH 3.22