Fairview Solitude Shiraz 2001
Colour: Dark ruby red.
Palate: Follows through with sweet spicy fruit.
Aroma: Pepper, ripe black fruit, mint and a touch of marmite.
Cellaring: Drinks well now, but will improve with 3 to 5 years in the bottle.
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.