Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Nina Timm’s Home Cured Trout – 12.05.2017

Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2016

I have stood in the vineyards in Darling which provides the grapes for this wine.  It was a mid-season day, up on a hill with valleys going down to the Atlantic Ocean. The Benguela Current in the ocean is one which sweeps up from the Antarctic and creates cool breezes which ameliorate the summer heat in the vineyards and allow for a longer hang time to ripening, thus building up flavour in the grapes.

No doubt as to why it’s called Fairview

The vines from which the grapes for the Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2016 come, are planted with trellising which makes machine harvesting possible. The vineyards are dry land farmed with no irrigation applied during the ripening period.

The grapes are machine harvested and arrive in the cellar before sunrise. They were stripped from the stalks and then gently whole berry pressed.  The juice is cold settled for 48 hours and then fermented in stainless steel tanks.  The wine was matured on its fine lees after fermentation before being prepared for bottling.

Perfect Sauvignon Blanc grapes, ripening on the vine

It looks like
Bottled in a clear bottle with the elegant Fairview Label. In the glass, a gem bright pale straw with lime green overlay.

It smells like
Tropical fruits, scrunched fynbos herbs, undertow of guava.

It tastes like
I love the grapefruit flavours you get in Sauvignon Blanc and they are here complemented by sweet tropical limes in a full palate of deliciousness. Good long ending with a lime squirt.

Nina Timm’s Home Cured Trout with Red Onions, Lime & Wasabai Vinaigrette

It’s good with
This is the ideal refresher. Perfect for mid-morning and excellent with saladings, smoked fish, oysters and sushi. Making sushi at home is not easy, so I suggest you serve Nina Timm’s Home Cured Trout with Red Onions, Lime & Wasabai Vinaigrette. Click here for her recipe.

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