It’s Here: Broken Barrel #2 Now Available!

Monday, 11 September, 2017
Fairview Wine & Cheese
The concept of Broken Barrel is simple.

The concept of Broken Barrel is simple.We have over 600 hectares of land across 5 appellations, and our team has the privilege of working with 31 different grape varieties. Broken Barrel offers you the limited opportunity to experience a handcrafted, one-off blend that truly breaks the mould. It’s about bottling a moment in time, a fleeting instance that is to be sipped and revered before its gone forever. Our first Broken Barrel #1 enjoyed much success, and is now completely sold out. The barrel has been broken, never to be repeated again. 

But don’t despair! We’re incredibly proud to introduce our Broken Barrel #2!  Inspired by Portugal, this bold red is a blend of Portuguese varieties Tinta Roriz and Souzão. This second Broken Barrel batch tells the intriguing tale of two bold and juicy Portuguese varieties. The dark rich flavours of Souzão balanced with the nobility of Tinta Roriz bind together to produce a beautifully unique wine, exclusively blended for our cellar door.

This unique blend made from two esoteric Portuguese grape varieties is sourced from trellised vineyards on the slopes of Paarl Mountain, where it grows on decomposed granite soils. The Souzão is picked from dryland bushvines in the Swartland wine region. Here, the vines grow on Koffieklip (ferricrete) soils. The winemaking process included destemming the grapes, crushing and fermenting them separately in open top wooden foudres. Pump overs and punch downs (pigeage) were done 3-4 times per day during fermentation to extract flavour, colour and tannins from the berries. Finally, the wine was basket-pressed and matured in barrels for 24 months. A combination of French and American 225L oak barrels were used of which 20% were new, first fill oak barrels.

The vibrant label takes cues from Charles Back’s travels in Portugal, where he was inspired by the Azulejo ceramic tiles, colourful heritage and of course, the rich culture of wine. Broken Barrel #2 is instantly seductive, with notes of blackcurrants, cinnamon and marzipan. The 2015 blend of Tinta Roriz and Souzão contribute to its ripe, integrated tannins, sharing a medium to full-bodied palate brimming with savoury spice and dark fruits. Drink now or age up to 8 years. A great match for all manner of meat and Italian, tomato- based dished.

This time around, we’ve limited our batch to a smaller, yet equally collectable quantity of wines. And here’s the best part – Broken Barrel is exclusive to our Fairview family, and only available from our Online Shop or Tasting Room.

So hurry, because you’re the first to know about it.