Charles Back, the owner of Fairview, is also the man behind Goats do Roam, which was launched in 1999. Goats do Roam is rare in that it is an amusing and original proposition allied to wines of good quality and value for money. Normally, these 'concept' wines put more money into marketing than into quality but, characteristically, Charles has done the opposite. The fruit for Goats is sourced primarily from Paarl, Malmesbury and Paardeberg. The 'legend' goes that some errant members of Fairview's long established goat herd, supplier of milk for Fairview's internationally award-winning cheeses, escaped one afternoon from their paddock into the Fairview vineyards when Charles Back's young son Jason accidentally left the paddock gate open. The little group happily roamed among the vineyards, showing rare discernment by selecting some of the ripest berries from some of the choicest vines. Their selection serves as the inspiration for the blends of these wines.
The Shiraz was harvested from trellised vineyards in Paarl and Stellenbosch. The Cinsaut is from bush vines in Paarl and Piekenierskloof. The Mourvèdre is primarily from dryland bush vines in the Swartland, with a small percentage from vineyards in Stellenbosch. The juicy Grenache noir is from Piekenierskloof and from their vineyard in Paarl. The Petite Sirah, also known as Durif, is from decomposed granite soils grown in the trellised Paarl vineyards. The Carignan is from older dry land bush vines in the Swartland.
The grapes were destalked and lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. Each grape variety and vineyard was fermented separately. After alcoholic fermentation the wines were racked to tanks and barrels for malolactic fermentation followed by maturation in both tanks and barrels prior to blending.
The Goats Do Roam red has a deep garnet colour in the glass. There are aromas of wild berries, plums, dark red cherries and hints of cinnamon spice. It is medium bodied with silky juicy tannins and subtle spice on the palate. It has a delightful, lingering aftertaste. A wine that goes with any occasion!