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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Fairview Viognier 2008
Fairview Viognier 2008
(search item no. 109711)
green wine
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Light golden color. Classic Viognier aromas of white flowers, with subtle spice, dried apricots and citrus peel. Palate shows richness and complexity, with orange zest and peach flavours following through. Lovely long finish tempered by crisp acidity.
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About Fairview:

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 its wines entered the modern era with the first bottling under the Fairview label in 1974 by the Back family, owners since 1937.

Today, some three decades later, grandson Charles Back II has brought Fairview wines to world markets. One of South Africa's pre-eminent vintners, he has earned Fairview (and its ancillary brands Spice Route, Goats Do Roam and Agostinelli) a reputation for consistent quality across a range of innovative styles, using both classic and unusual varieties. And he has helped pioneer a modern culture of wine growing in South Africa that embraces typicity of terroir, unrestricted by "estate" appellation, by both developing his own vineyards to their full potential and seeking out new viticultural sites to grow fruit for wines to please popular tastes and discerning palates. Charles Back's philosophy is that wine is an integral and joyful part of everyday life.