Fairview has a strong association with Shiraz and it was one of the first grape varietals bottled under the Fairview label in 1974. When we developed our single vineyard tier it was natural that Shiraz would be an important wine, and there are three in the range.

The Beacon Shiraz is produced using grapes from an Agter-Paarl farm owned by Willie Dreyer. It is a beautiful site and there are two blocks of vineyard that provide grapes to our cellar. A trellised block provides grapes used in our our standard label Fairview Shiraz. An untrellised block, grown on rough shale soils on a gently sloping mound, is where the fruit for The Beacon Shiraz is grown. These bush vines struggle through the rocky soil surrounding the trigonometric beacon that gives the wine its name. When asked for the simple reason why this block is selected for a single vineyard wine, our wine makers are very clear – it’s all about the soil.

This vineyard was planted in 1995 and the wine produced from its grapes is reflecting the maturing vines. The wines are drinking fantastically at the moment, and the current vintage available at the cellar door is the 2006. You can read more about it on our website.

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