Going to Piekenierskloof Mountain for my Advent Calendar #18 wine. And an unusual grape variety, Grenache Noir. The grapes for the Fairview Grenache 2015 Old Piekenierskloof Bush Vines, my Advent Calendar #18 wine were harvested from high lying low yield bush vines which were planted in 1973. The soils are of Table Mountain Sandstone and Shale. Owner Charles Back has a knack of finding small older vineyards planted with unusual grape varieties.
The Grenache Noir grapes were handpicked and taken to the cellar. Here they are destemmed and gently crushed and then cold macerated for a full day before being taken to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. During this time, regular pump overs took place allowing for gentle extraction of aromas, colour and soft tannins. After gentle pressing the wine was taken to previously French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, guaranteeing the integrity of its delicate fruit. The wine was aged for further 14 months in these barrels. Winemaker Anthony de Jager says that the Fairview Grenache 2015 Old Piekenierskloof Bush Vines is “A celebration of a beautiful terroir, old bush vines and traditional winemaking! We love using Grenache in blends and are excited to release this as a single variety bottling.”
From a Burgundy shaped bottle under a natural cork closure. Elegant Fairview livery. In the glass, the wine is a translucent bright plum at the core which pales out to garnet at the edges. Whiffs of red berry fruits, cherries and redcurrants and a cacao undertow. From entry, the wine is delicate of body and the berries fill the mouth. Roadside brambles, bright black cherries, with a dark chocolate background go through to a crisp clear finish with the softest of tannins. Satisfying gently waning aftertaste. Do chill it before serving.
Dianne Bibby’s Roast leg of Lamb with Sweet Onion Marmalade
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This is a good glass on its own while you are waiting for the braai fire to dampen down to hot coals. It will love some sliced tuna which is quickly seared on the braai and served with a Thai style dipping sauce. On your Christmas table, it is going to love the roast leg of Karoo Meat of Origin lamb with the real gravy, the crispy roast potatoes and mint sauce, or redcurrant jelly.
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