`Goats do Roam` White


Goats do Roam

Charles Back, the owner of Fairview, is also the man behind Goats do...

Roam, which was launched in 1999. Goats do Roam is rare in that it is an amusing and original proposition allied to wines of good quality and value for money. Normally, these 'concept' wines put more money into marketing than into quality but, characteristically, Charles has done the opposite. The fruit for Goats is sourced primarily from Paarl, Malmesbury and Paardeberg. The 'legend' goes that some errant members of Fairview's long established goat herd, supplier of milk for Fairview's internationally award-winning cheeses, escaped one afternoon from their paddock into the Fairview vineyards when Charles Back's young son Jason accidentally left the paddock gate open. The little group happily roamed among the vineyards, showing rare discernment by selecting some of the ripest berries from some of the choicest vines. Their selection serves as the inspiration for the blends of these wines.

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The fruit for this wine was mainly sourced from vineyards on the slopes of Paarl Mountain where Charles Back has been growing Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc for several years. Soils here are decomposed granite. The majority of the Grenache Blanc grapes was sourced from the vineyards in Darling. All grapes are 100% Fairtrade.

Vintage Information

Weather conditions for the 2018 vintage were very testing for winemakers in South Africa. The frost in October resulted in crop loss, as well as the severe drought leading to reductions in yield. Harvest started later than normal due to very cool spring and early summer temperatures. However, hot weather in January and February allowed for good growing conditions for the grapes.


The grapes were picked between 22 and 23.5° Brix. The fruit was then destalked and crushed and then gently pressed. Only free-run juice was used and the vineyard parcels were kept separate. The juice was cold fermented in stainless-steel tanks and the individual components were left on their lees prior to blending and bottling.

Tasting Notes

This wine is vibrant lemon colour in the glass, with attractive aromas of white blossom, peach and apricot notes. The palate is medium bodied with stone fruits and citrus flavours, and a fresh, lively acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2018
Grape varieties 36% Viognier
32% Grenache Blanc
26% Roussanne
6% Marsanne
Region Paarl, Coastal Region
Winemaker Anthony de Jager
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.6g/l
Residual Sugar 2.8g/l
Wine pH 3.28