Four Fairview favourites in SA Top 100 Wines

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013
Fairview Wine & Cheese
Fairview in Paarl is delighted to announce its success at the prestigious third annual Top 100 South African Wine Awards 2013. The panel of esteemed national and international judges chose and featured four Fairview wines for The Top 100 of 2013.
The judging panel included Tim Atkin, Jamie Goode, Greg Sherwood, Duncan Savage, Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright, Justin Knock, Richard Kershaw and Tasting Director, Higgo Jacobs. The multi award-winning Fairview Nurok 2011, the Fairview La Beryl Blanc 2012, the Fairview Beacon Shiraz 2009 and the Fairview Primo Pinotage 2011 were all placed.
“As with many other winemakers, we often shoot down a competition unless it’s one we do well in. So I was delighted to enter The Top 100 SA Wine Challenge with its international panel - I have always valued Tim Atkins' opinion. Our success at this and other recent competitions is evidence of our continued investment in new vineyard sites, innovation and of course, our people. We always feel that we can do better and are constantly striving to improve our wines,” says Fairview owner, Charles Back.
The Top 100 SA Wine Challenge is an independent and specialised rating of South Africa's finest wines, showcasing great quality local wines that can compete on a global level. The competition has quickly become an annual highlight for both wine enthusiasts and the South African wine industry.

The Fairview Nurok 2011 is a newly released wine that holds sentimental value for Charles Back. The label refers to two significant stories. Firstly, Charles’ wife Diane’s maiden name was Nurok, and it was she who painted the label’s artwork. Secondly, the history of the Nurok name tells the story of a Jewish boy from Lithuania who dived into an icy river to retrieve a heavy bell which had fallen into the river while being transported to a nearby cathedral. The Fairview Nurok 2011 is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc.
Fairview La Beryl Blanc 2012 is named after Charles Back’s late mother, Beryl Back. The berries for this wine are hand-harvested and made from only the finest, optimally-ripened grapes in the vineyard - predominantly from the grapes of thirty-three year old Chenin Blanc bushvines and a small percentage of young Muscat grapes, both of which are grown in decomposed granite soils on the Fairview Farm.

The Fairview Beacon Shiraz 2009 is a limited release wine. The hand-sorted grapes are chosen from only the finest grapes on the vine before being basket-pressed and aged for 20 months in new French oak barrels.
According to the Top 100 SA Wines judging panel, it is “a concentrated and polished wine. Opulent, with nuances of polished mahogany, cocoa powder, with a rich mouth-coating fruit.”

Last but not least, the Fairview Primo Pinotage 2011 is also a limited release wine, made from the finest wine of the vintage and picked from sites that allows the varietal to find its true expression. The grapes for this wine are harvested from vines grown in Agter Paarl in dry-land conditions, and spend a total of 20 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels.
“We are delighted to have four of our wines recognised by highly-respected international and national wine experts. This is a true testament to the hard work the team puts into our vineyards and winemaking practises,” says Winemaker Anthony De Jager.
The four Fairview wines placed in the Top 100 SA Wines are all available for tasting at the Fairview Tasting Room in Paarl, open 7 days a week from 9h00 - 17h00.
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