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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Goats do Roam Goat-Roti 2008
Goats do Roam Goat-Roti 2008
(search item no. 105761)
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $17.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

When blending Shiraz and Viognier it is beneficial to co-ferment the grapes, as opposed to blending the finished wine which generally tends to have a flavor diluting effect. Co-fermented grapes have a positive impact, as the use of Viognier improves color, softens and elaborates the tannin and gives a slight fragrant lift to the wine. Anthony de Jager

Sweet oak aromas, with leather and spiciness. Ripe mulberries and herbal fragrances with good follow through of fruit from the nose. Full, ripe finish balanced by good acidity and structured tannin. Will develop further with time in the bottle.

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About Goats do Roam:

Respected South African winery Fairview owner/vintner Charles Back has built what started as a single red blend named Goats do Roam into a full-fledged wine company offering a range of top-quality, blended wines widely available throughout the wine-drinking world. The Goats do Roam brand is, in fact, the single-biggest selling South African wine label in the United States. Fruit for the wines is sourced from vineyards in the Paarl, Malmesbury and Stellenbosch areas, where Back owns farms or buys fruit from selected wine growers. No matter what their origins, grapes are selected based on the basis of inherent fruit quality and flavor characteristics required for each respective blend in the range.

The grapes are vinified in Fairview’s cellar in Paarl by Charles Back and resident winemaker Anthony de Jager, also responsible for the Fairview range. For all the light-hearted sense of fun evident in the labelling and branding of the Goats do Roam range, the wines themselves take a serious approach to quality. The style is modern, fruit-rich, with intelligent use of wood for either fermentation and/or maturation in small French and American oak barrels. The range is predominantly red, complemented by selected whites and a rosé and covering tastes from those that call for a wine with complexity and cellaring potential to those that require early drinking.