Goats Do Roam `The Goatfather` 2015 (1x75cl)
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.
This is a blend of four different grapes sourced from various producing areas and selected for their varietal characteristics which together make for a vibrant, supple wine with smooth tannins. It is comprised of Barbera from Paarl and Swartland, Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, Sangiovese from Darling and Nebbiolo from Paarl.
After being de-stalked and lightly crushed, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks. After malolactic fermentation the various components aged in 225 litre barriques for 13 months. The wine was matured in a mix of French and American oak, mainly second to fourth use, with approximately 10% new wood being used. The Nebbiolo component was fermented in 500 litre barrels and basket pressed, then to older barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was blended and lightly filtered once before being bottled.
This full-bodied wine has pronounced red fruit on the nose with perfumed violets. The palate mirrors the initial aromas with added savoury flavours and a prominent herbal note on the finish.
Sangiovese | Cabernet Sauvignon | Barbera | Nebbiolo
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