In keeping with his innovative repertoire, Charles Back introduced the Petite Sirah mother block to South African soils in 2004. Indulge in a deep red, full bodied wine offering intense plum characters, a robust palate with juicy tannins and an elegant finish with hints of lingering pepper. Pretty much the best thing since sliced Fairview bread.
Grapes are sourced from a trellised vineyard on the upper slopes of the Fairview farm on Paarl mountain. The vineyard was planted in 2004 on decomposed granite soils. Summer canopy management practices include removal of leaves to open the canopy to sunlight and a few tipping actions. The yield is controlled by dropping bunches post veraison.
The grapes were handpicked on the 7 March 2014. The fruit was hand sorted over a sorting table, where damaged and burnt berries were removed. Fermentation took place in a foudre (open-top French oak vat), after which the skins were gently basket pressed. The wine was matured in 60% new French oak barrels, 10% new American oak barrels and the remaining was matured in 2nd and 3rd fill French and American oak. The wine was allowed to mature for 20 months in barrels before being racked, lightly filtered and bottled.
|Wine of Origin||
Inky dark red colour
Aromas of vanilla, Christmas cake and poached pear
The palate is full, with generous robust tannins and flavours of cinnamon, dates and spice.
Petite Sirah: 100%
2017: Platter's 4.5 star rating for vintage 2014