Country: South Africa Region: Coastal Region Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Riesling Category: Red Wine Color: Red
"The Fairview estate is situated approximately 50 kilometres from Cape Town, on the lower slopes of Mt. Paarl, and was planted with vines as early as 1699. The property was bought by Charles Back's grandfather in 1937 and was subsequently run by his father, Cyril, before Charles took charge. His era has seen Fairview emerge to become one of the country's most exciting properties, with all its production now certified as Fair Trade. Charles doesn't use the certification, however, as he wants to sell on merit. The excitement engendered by Fairview was recognised in 2014 when Charles was given the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by the International Wine Challenge. Though slightly alarmed at being given this gong when he was only 58, Charles was happy to join the likes of Hugh Johnson, Peter Lehmann and Michael Broadbent as a recipient of this award.
The wines from Fairview continue to evolve in style under winemaker Anthony de Jager. By better work in the vineyard (opening the canopies to allow light to get to the grapes earlier in the season, for instance) he is getting full ripeness at an earlier stage. This means earlier picking, which in turn means red wines with more vibrancy and freshness. The Pinotage and Beacon Shiraz have both benefitted from this approach, and are looking better than ever.
With the whites, he is looking for full ripeness, especially with the Sauvignon. ""We don't want any green characters in our Sauvignons"", he says. The 2015 Darling Sauvignon is more tropical in flavour as a result, with lovely texture and depth on the palate. Surprising some upon first taste, as it lacks the herbaceous characters often associated with South African Sauvignon Blanc, but it is a much better drink as a result of this work. Equally exciting is the 2015 Darling Chenin Blanc. It is is fragrant and has a lime zest character on both the nose and palate.
Charles continues to invest at Fairview, and has bought, in the past few years, both neighbouring properties. New vineyards have been planted on the hills, so the wines from this fine property will continue to improve over the coming years. Given their current level of quality, this is an exciting prospect."
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegan;Vegetarian
Product Allergens: Sulphites Label
Winemaker: Anthony de Jager
Caldera is a blend of three grape varieties from selected vineyards. The Grenache is from Fairview's terraced stok-by-paaltjie (vine-on-pole) vineyard on the slopes of Paarl Mountain. The Shiraz is selected from their cooler vineyards in Darling, and the Mourvèdre grapes are sourced from dryland bushvine vineyards in the Swartland. All the vineyards are low-yielding and unirrigated.
Grapes were destalked and lightly crushed before fermentation. Grapes were fermented on the skins for 10 days and then pressed. Malolactic fermentation was completed in oak barrels with a small portion in tank. The wine was racked and sent to barrel for 12 months. It was then aged in a combination of French and American oak, with approximately 30 % new wood being used. The components were then specially selected, blended and bottled.
Deep ruby red colour. Complex aromas of lavender, liquorice, pepper and blackberries on the palate. A smooth, elegant, medium-bodied wine with ageing potential.
Food Suggestion: Deep ruby red colour. Complex aromas of lavender, liquorice, pepper and blackberries on the palate. A smooth, elegant, medium-bodied wine with ageing potential.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV:14% Acidity [g/l]: 5.3