In an attempt to block out the cold and keep warm on yet another evening with below zero temperatures, I fancied a dense, plush glass to accompany dinner and curling up on the couch with my husband and the cats. As my husband was enjoying scotch, the peaty aroma caused me to think of Pinotage, so I gave a pour to Fairview La Capra Pinotage 2009. Fairview is a third generation family owned vineyard located in the Western Cape region of South Africa. Records show that winemaking on the property extends all the way back to 1699. With this sense of history and responsibility; the Back family is committed to protecting the environment and sustainable farming. They use environmentally friendly products in both the vineyards and cellar, they are committed to water conservation and the restoration and planting of indigenous vegetation. They have the honour of being awarded as the first Carbon Neutral Cheesery on the African continent. La Capra is their newest label inspired by the La Capra festival, and created in easy drinking fruity style, meant for “early enjoyment and relaxed dining”.
Deep red-violet in colour, after aerating aromas of damp earth, smoky pink peppercorn and traces of cherry rose from the glass. Bright cherry and blackberry flavours joined smoky campfire elements in the medium to full body. Crushed black peppercorn, brambly wild berries and wisps of earthy peat smoke lingered in the velvety finish. Easy drinking, this is a plush glass that transports you nestled up to a cozy fireplace.
Produced & Bottled by Fairview, Paarl