Aha! A pinotage! Something we've been missing for quite a long time now. Finally we have something that should be of the best quality available. Let us have a wander into their domain...
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. Charles leads the field in South Africa in matching varieties to specific sites and in 2014, he received a lifetime achievement from the International Wine Challenge.
Fairview Estate Pinotage 2016 @ £12.95 - Buy it here!
Dark chocolate and blackberry aromas with a touch of caramel. On the palate this wine shows soft tannins supported by clean acidity. Ripe fruit follows through wit liquorice and cherry character all the way to the long finish.
It's no wonder these guys are so highly regarded in South Africa. They do absolutely amazing things with grapes which no one should miss out on. Cheers!