Fairview Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2018

R340.00

In 1699, a certain Mr. Dippenauw was granted an enormous farm by his employer, the Dutch East India Company. It is uncertain whether this was a reward for his industry or whether the bosses cast him into the wilderness because he’d married dangerously (a sister of Adam Tas, diarist of the early colonial Cape and political rebel imprisoned by Governer Willem Adriaan van der Stel). What is known is that the newlywed couple was so overwhelmed by the farm’s isolation from Cape Town that they named it “Eenzaamheid”, a Dutch word meaning solitude. Today Eenzaamheid is owned by Christo Briers-Louw, whose family has owned the land since 1775. Christo is a dedicated farmer with an intimate knowledge of the soils of Paarl. The gravelly, decomposed shale soils on the farm allow Shiraz to ripen without irrigation, producing wines of great expression and concentration.

 

Winemaker’s Tip: Try this wine against its sisters Beacon and Jakkalsfontein to experience the difference terroir can make in the ultimate result of a wine.

Wine Info
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Description

The grapes were handpicked at 25 balling. The fruit was brought to the cellar in small lug boxes, destalked and hand sorted . All raisins, under ripe berries and stalks were removed. The sorted berries were sent straight to open French oak fermenters (foudres). A combination of manual punch downs (pigeage) and pump overs were used during fermentation. The skins were basket pressed, and malolactic fermentation was completed in 25% new French barrels, with the remainder maturing in second and third fill barrels to respect the fruit purity of the wine. Barrel aging lasted 22 months. A barrel selection then determines the final wine which is lightly filtered prior to bottling.

Additional Information
Wine Range

Single Vinyard

Vintage

2018

Varieties

Shiraz

Wine of Origin

Paarl

Colour

Deep dark red colour

Aromas

Layered aromas of ripe plums, fynbos scrubs and subtle spice.

Flavour

The palate has intense red fruit concentration at the core complimented with hints of clove and pepper.

Alcohol Percentage

14.75%

Residual Sugar

3.1 g/l

Total Acid

5.7 g/l

pH

3.60

Volume

750ml

Variety Percentage

Shiraz: 100%

Food Pairing Ideas

Lamb Chops with Fennel Relish or Paprika-Roasted Leg of Lamb

Harvest Date

19 February 2018

Past Wine Awards

2016: 4.5 Stars – Platter's South African Wine Guide 2020
2015: 4.5 Stars – Platter's South African Wine Guide 2016,
2014: 4.5 Stars – Platter's South African Wine Guide 2016,
2014: Top 100 status/Double Platinum awards – NWC/Top 100 South African Wine Awards 2017,
2013: Top 12 Shiraz SA Challenge 2016,
2013: 90 points – Wine Spectator 2015,
2013: Top 12 Shiraz SA Challenge 2015,
2013: Top 100 SA Wines 2015,
2012: 91 points – Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Review June 2015

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