05 Jul All Hail Grenache!
This week, our Fairview Piekenierskloof Grenache was named one of the top 20 South African Grenache Noirs by renowned South African sommelier Higgo Jacobs. In his review, Jacobs writes that “There is no doubt that Grenache is regaining popularity, especially among the trending wine lists and ‘hipster bars’ worldwide” and that “there is a great variety of styles coming from the category in South Africa”.
At Fairview, we have a long history of Grenache, being one of the first farms in the Cape to introduce this Mediterranean-style variety. For our Top 20 pick, we’ve carefully cultivated a home for old Grenache bush vines along the Piekenierskloof mountains where, with extreme weather conditions and poor soils, the high lying vineyards undeservedly reward us with a profound style of wine. Having provided the backbone to some of our finest blends, we are proud to bring this single variety to the fore. If you’re new to reds, this is a foolproof place to start, offering a lighter style wine with plenty of red fruit and soft tannins. It’s also a lovely winter or summer wine – perfectly at home a little chilled!