`Caldera`

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 varietie, 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

Caldera is a blend of three grape varieties from selected vineyards. The Grenache is from Fairview's terraced stok-by-paaltjie (vine-on-pole) vineyard on the slopes of Paarl Mountain. The Shiraz is selected from their cooler vineyards in Darling, and the Mourvèdre grapes are sourced from dryland bushvine vineyards in the Swartland. All the vineyards are low-yielding and unirrigated.

Vintage Information

The harvest season was particularly late and about two weeks shorter than usual. Prolonged winter conditions continued in some areas up until September, followed by a cool spring, which delayed bud burst by up to two weeks. The vineyards had good growth in ideal dry weather conditions during the flowering and berry set period, although it occurred later than usual.  Ideal weather conditions during the harvest season – moderate day temperatures, cool night temperatures and no prolonged rain of heat waves – had a positive impact on wine grape quality and establishing good colour and flavour. It was also a particularly healthy year and the warm, dry weather conditions and effective disease and pest control resulted in minimal losses.

Vinification

Grapes were destalked and lightly crushed before fermentation. Grapes were fermented on the skins for 10 days and then pressed. Malolactic fermentation was completed in oak barrels with a small portion in tank. The wine was racked and sent to barrel for 12 months. It was then aged in a combination of French and American oak, with approximately 30 % new wood being used. The components were then specially selected, blended and bottled.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red colour. Complex aromas of lavender, liquorice, pepper and blackberries on the palate. A smooth, elegant, medium-bodied wine with ageing potential.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 48% Grenache/Garnacha
30% Syrah/Shiraz
22% Mourvedre
Region Paarl, Coastal Region
Winemaker Anthony de Jager
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.3g/l
Residual Sugar 2.9g/l
Wine pH 3.56