I am always seeking out family owned, environmentally responsible vineyards. Fairview winery is renowned for their budget friendly wines and remarkable achievements in sustainability, so I pick them up whenever I find them. 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. The La Capra label is inspired by the La Capra festival, and created in easy drinking fruity style, meant for “early enjoyment and relaxed dining”. The grapes were sourced from vineyards located in Darling, Stellenbosch and Paarl.
Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry and earthy, barnyard funk. Black cherry, blackberry and licorice flavours merged into a velvety finish of smoky campfire and hints of crushed pink peppercorn. With a few years under its belt [the 2012 vintage is currently out, although not in my local shops], the fresh fruity Merlot has been transformed into a fascinating, smoky, Pinotage-esque glass, reminiscent of snuggling up to a cozy fire.
Merlot [I could not verify varietal percentage]
Produced and Bottled at Fairview, Paarl by Charles Back and the Fairview Team