Shiraz

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

Shiraz is sourced from a special selection of vineyards, predominantly at Fairview on the south-western slopes of Paarl Mountain on decomposed granite soils. Complementary components of the blend are from dryland vineyards in Agter-Paarl on deep Malmesbury shale soils and from dryland vineyards in Swartland and from cooler Atlantic vineyards in Darling.

Vintage Information

Fruit was picked from the end of February through to mid-March.

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. The wine was 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

Intense red in the glass. Pepper spice on the nose with red berry fruit. The palate reveals plum fruits with a touch of white pepper and a rich mouth feel with well-integrated bold tannins.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Paarl, Coastal Region
Winemaker Anthony de Jager
Alcohol (ABV) 14%