When a wine you truly like does well for the umpteenth in a national competition. Two Fairview Wines are the most recent award winners in the 2017 Shiraz SA Wine Challenge. At the end of May, Fairview again proved its prowess in the cultivation and winemaking of this popular red wine grape variety, as a total of four of the Estate’s Shiraz wines were finalists in the Shiraz SA Wine Challenge. The Fairview Beacon 2014 and the Fairview Swartland 2014 both were nominated in the final Top 12. Victory again for Charles Back, Anthony de Jager, the winemaker, and his team.
The grapes for the Fairview Shiraz 2014 came from decomposed soils on the Fairview Estate on the slopes of Paarl Mountain looking towards Table Mountain. Other components came from Malmesbury shale soils dryland vineyards in Agter Paarl, Swartland dry land vineyards and the final components from cooler Darling and Stellenbosch Vineyards.
The different parcels were separately vinified. Once in the cellar, the grapes were destalked and gently crushed before a ten day fermentation. Once dry, the grapes were pressed. Malolactic fermentation took place in in French oak barrels, with a small portion in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then taken to a mix of French and America oak barrels of which 30% were new. After a year, the wines were blended and prepared for bottling. One of the great features of this wine for me is it’s even handed pricing, over delivers in every respect.
It looks like
Bottled under natural cork closure in a Burgundy shaped bottle. Elegant livery with the Fairview crest. In the glass, it is a deep opaque plum ruby which pales out to a garnet at the rim.
It smells like
Black berry fruits and ripe red plums. Sweet oak spices. Charcuterie notes.
It tastes like
A generosity of fruits, black berries, blueberries, roadside brambles and spicy plums. Nice undertow of vanilla. Tannins, fruits, acidity, oak and long aftertaste all in harmony.
It’s good with
Excellent from entry, a great glass on its own. Shiraz loves food, and likes spicy food. Good, well spiced sausages, aromatic North African dishes flavoured with Ras el Hanout. Gently curried pork fillet with dried peaches is a good partner. Alida Ryder’s Baked gnocchi with bacon, tomato and mozzarella is a full flavoured dish and an excellent match to this wine. Click here for her recipe.
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