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.
Pinotage is a classic South African variety and originates from a 1925 cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (known as Hermitage in South Africa). The Fairview Pinotage was harvested from older bush vines in the Agter- Paarl and from trellised vineyards on the Fairview farm in Paarl. These older bush vines are dry farmed and grown on deep, Malmesbury Shales soils, whilst the trellised vines are drip irrigated.
2017 was another hot vintage. April and May were very dry, but winter brought the cold and welcome rainfall. Warmer weather in August contributed to an early, even bud burst. October and November were characterised by cool nights and warm days, which were perfect for flowering and berry set. The generally dry vintage resulted in very healthy grapes with no disease or rot.
The grapes were picked over a number of days to ensure perfect maturity of each block. The bunches were destalked and lightly crushed before fermentation in stainless steel tanks and open top foudres. After malolactic fermentation was completed, the wine spent 10 months in 15% new French and American oak barrels, before blending and bottling.
This Pinotage is bright ruby red in colour. On the nose, it has blueberries, violets and plum aromas with a hint of dark chocolate. It has a full bodied palate, with flavours of plums and dark fruit, subtle oak with elegant tannin structure on the finish.
|Grape Varieties||100% Pinotage
|Winemaker||Anthony de Jager
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian