Fairview Shiraz 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Vibrant, deep red colour. The wine shows characteristic aromas of deep black cherry fruit with cedar and clove spiciness. Mouthfeel is full, with vibrant fruit flavours following through from the nose. The wine shows a good structure, with an approachable balance of fruit acid and supple tannins with gentle oak influence.
"Bright red-ruby. Superripe berries, exotic flowers, dark chocolate and woodsmoke on the nose; reminiscent of the northern Rhone. Sweet, lush and pliant in an Old World way, with savory flavors of very ripe dark fruits, dried flowers and smoke. Full but without any excess weight. Finishes with smooth tannins and sneaky length."
International Wine Cellar
"This is a nice juicy, medium-weight version, with raspberry and black cherry fruit mingling with briar, tobacco and spice notes on the finish. Drink now. 6,000 cases made."
"A rich, full nose of black fruit and spice gives this elegant Shiraz a big start. On the palate, a lovely balance of cedar, cherry, vanilla and spice, as well as measured acid and smooth tannins, give the wine food-friendly appeal. Approachable and classy."
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The home of Fairview wines is a 300 ha farm on the southwest-facing slopes of Paarl Mountain, a granite rock outcrop in the heart of the Paarl wine district, viticulturally among the most historic and influential areas of the Cape winelands. Winemaking on the farm can be traced back to 1699, not quite a half-century after the first European settlers arrived in southern Africa. But...
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Learn About South Africa
A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...
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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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