Fairview admin on February 25th, 2011

Amongst all of those typical wine words that tend to get thrown around, you often hear references to trellised vines vs bushvines and talk about un-irrigated vineyards. It is fairly straightforward to understand what these terms mean, but what relevance do they actually have to the wine at the end of the day? Here’s a [...]

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Fairview admin on January 13th, 2011

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 [...]

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Fairview admin on January 7th, 2011

Straight from holidays to harvest time Christmas holidays, New Years eve and the South African school holidays are all but a thing of the past. With the mercury hovering in the high 30s for the past week and the farm still buzzing with a blend of international guests and locals fortunate to have extended leave, [...]

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Charles Back on October 22nd, 2010

Some people tell me that I can be a bit restless at times. Probably fair. But I have been making wine in South Africa for about 35 years now and every day seems to throw up a combination of things to challenge you and things to get really excited about. I love to explore new opportunities [...]

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Fairview admin on September 13th, 2010

Donald Mouton is the Fairview farm manager, responsible for all agricultural management on the farm. This includes looking after the goat herd and of course ensuring that our vineyards are in good shape. He gave us this report on a busy time on the farm. On Tuesday 07 September we started our suckering, maintenance and [...]

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Fairview admin on July 29th, 2010

It is kidding season at Fairview, with more baby goats arriving every day. But we also have another little animal who has taken up residence in one of our kidding sheds. This baby steenbok ewe was found in one of the Fairview vineyards.

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Fairview admin on March 3rd, 2010

It is time to harvest the Petite Sirah and Anthony and I take a quick stroll through the vineyard as the picking is coming to an end. Incidentally I tasted the 2008 Petite Sirah yesterday and the wine is really looking great. The 2008 vintage reds have somewhat surprised us in the quality that we [...]

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Fairview admin on February 2nd, 2010

We are the first South African farm to bottle Petite Sirah and it is a variety that Charles Back and the rest of the team here feel has a lot of potential in this part of the world. This harvest we are going to be following the production of the Petite Sirah through a series [...]

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Fairview admin on April 2nd, 2009

This is the next video in our series on the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. Our last clip saw the wine coming toward the end of fermentation in the Fairview cellar’s tanks. Fermentation has been completed and the wine has been left on its lees since then. This tasting of all the different tanks of Sauvignon Blanc [...]

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Fairview admin on March 23rd, 2009

Last month Charles and I hosted Americans John and LaGayle Sosnowy at Fairview. They were visiting South Africa to tour and taste their way across the Cape winelands for their blog, Part of their visit included a video discussion with Charles, which I have linked up below. View the video on the Wine Peeps [...]

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