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Fairview Pinotage 2008
Pinotage is an important part of the Fairview range of wines, with vineyards planted on
various soil types in a number of regions. The wine is gently oaked and emphasizes the ripe
fruit flavours of the variety.
IN THE VINEYARD:
Pinotage was primarily harvested from bush vines in Malmesbury and Agter-Paarl, some of
which are over 25 years old. These older vineyards are dry farmed and the vines grow on
deep soils. This is supplemented by fruit from an irrigated, younger, trellised vineyard at
First and second week of February 2008
The grapes were picked over a number of days at sugar levels between 25 and 26°B. The
bunches were destalked, and lightly pumped through the crusher with the rollers full open.
After yeast and malolactic fermentation was completed in stainless tanks, the wine spent ten
months in used French and American oak barrels, before blending and bottling.
We had good rain through the growing season and then there was also rain during the
harvest. However, because Pinotage is an ‘earlier’ ripening variety this harvest rain did not
have too much of an impact, with most of the grapes having been harvested before the rain
came. Oaking treatment was slightly more restrained to allow the fruit-forward nature of the
vintage to come to the fore. Anthony de Jager
Deep inky colour, with bold aromas of mocha and caramel. Aromas of deep and fleshy fruit,
with ripe plums and blackberries. Medium to full bodied, with lovely richness and sweet
fruit on the finish. Tannins give lovely structure and oaking is well handled so as not to
dominate the fruit.
Wine of Origin Coastal
Residual sugar 3.5g/l
Total acid 5.3g/l