`Sweet Red` Paarl

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

The Petite Sirah grapes were harvested from trellised vineyards, planted on decomposed granite soils, on the upper slopes at Fairview in Paarl. The vines are 13 years old.

Vintage Information

The 2015 season was one of the driest and earliest harvests in recent years. Conditions throughout the growing season and harvest were conducive for the production of high quality grapes. Crop thinning was carried 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 natural acidity in the grapes. Harvest took place two weeks earlier than usual.

Vinification

The handpicked bunches were destalked, crushed and the juice was fermented for around three to four days, during which time maximum colour and flavour extraction was achieved. The wine is then pressed off the skins and fortified with grape spirit to stop the alcoholic fermentation. The wine is matured in older French oak barrels for approximately 18 months before bottling. The perfectly balanced sweetness results from unfermented natural sugars from the grapes.

Tasting Notes

Dense ruby in colour with prunes and Christmas cake aromas on the nose. The palate is well-balanced, full of spice and mixed dried fruit followed by richly sweet, fortified flavours.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Petite Sirah
Region Paarl, Coastal Region
Winemaker Anthony de Jager
Alcohol (ABV) 18%
Acidity 6.1g/l
Residual Sugar 163.3g/l
Wine pH 3.8