Fairview’s Goats do Roam Red 2021, the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) Red Blend has received the joint highest score (94 points) in Winemag.co.za’s Prescient Signature Red Blends Report 2023!
This year’s Signature Red Blend Report received 60 entries from 46 producers with 35 (58%) rating 90-plus on the 100-point quality scale. The wines were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel of seasoned wine experts. The Signature Red Blend Report calls for wine entries that are distinctive of their originators. Wine producers can work with any combination of varieties they like with a view to creating a blend both inimitable by competitors, truly memorable among wine lovers and perhaps authentically South African.
“We are overjoyed that not only do we have two of our wines placed in the Top 10, but our Goats do Roam Red 2021 received the joint highest score with 94 points!”, says an overjoyed Charles Back, owner of Fairview Estate. Charles continues, “A huge word of congratulations to our winemaking team! To be able to produce a high-volume blend at this level of quality is no easy feat. Our Goats do Roam Red Blend has been a big part of the Fairview story for the better part of 20 years and to see it recognised as one of the best blends in the country is absolutely wonderful. With the average price – of the 35 wines that rated 90-plus – sitting at R244 a bottle, our Goats Do Roam Red blend at R73 is a delicious bargain offering exceptionally good value. Join the herd and celebrate our chart-topping G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) Goats do Roam Red 2021!”
Goats Do Roam Red 2021
The Goats Do Roam Red, inspired by the revered Southern French region of the Rhône Valley, is a blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Petite Sirah, also known as Durif, and Tempranillo.
Tasting Notes: The Goats Do Roam Red 2021 is shows typical aromas of fresh red berries, plums and a touch of pepper. It has a youthful, juicy palate with layers of generous berry fruit and spices balanced with integrated oak nuances. The palate is smooth with fine tannins and a long fresh finish for easy drinking pleasure.
Food Pairing: This wine is a dream with rich, Mediterranean-style food. Also perfect with braised lamb or a sirloin strip roast with Roquefort mushrooms.
Purchase: Fairview’s Goats Do Roam Red 2021 is available for purchase at Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate in Paarl and at select wine merchants and restaurants nationally. Or shop online at https://fairviewmarketplace.co.za/product/goats-do-roam-red-2021
Retail price: R73
The Goats Do Roam Story
Fairview Winery’s Goats Do Roam wine range is a clever play on Côtes du Rhône, the southern France region that inspired this wine’s style, and a shout out to the herd of goats that produce cheese for the winery. The legend goes that some errant members of Fairview’s long-established goat herd once escaped from their paddock into the Fairview vineyards. The little group happily roamed among the vineyards, showing rare discernment by selecting only the ripest berries from the vines – Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache Noir. Inspired by this tale, the Fairview Goats Do Roam Red Blend was born, with a White and a Rosé following later. Highly drinkable and superb in quality, the Goats Do Roam range is an intriguing mix of southern French and Italian style blends, rich in complexity and at value-for-money prices.
For all the light-hearted sense of fun evident in the labelling and branding of the Goats do Roam range, the wines themselves take a serious approach to quality. The style is modern, fruit-rich, with intelligent use of wood for either fermentation and/or maturation in small French and American oak barrels.
Charles concludes,” Our goats do roam at Fairview! From their famous Goat Tower, they have a splendid view over the surrounding vineyards and the magnificent Paarl Valley. These curious and mischievous animals not only provide immense joy to us and our visitors, but also produce high quality milk for our award-winning cheeses. Occasionally they jump the paddock and stray into the vineyards, sampling delicious bunches of grapes… just like our winemaking team who are constantly sampling from the vineyards of the Cape, in search of those special grapes for the Goats Do Roam full-flavoured blends”.
VISIT THE MUCH-LOVED FAIRVIEW ESTATE FOR A WORLD-CLASS EXPERIENCE!
Situated on the slopes of the Paarl Mountain offering ever-growing visitor experiences and eponymous vistas over fields and vines to Table Mountain in the distance, Fairview is one of the most popular destinations in the Cape Winelands.
The Fairview Goat Tower which greets you on arrival is a Cape Winelands icon adored by children and adults alike. It has been home to Fairview’s beloved furry mascots since 1981.
Visit the Tasting Room offering a variety of wine tasting options expertly paired with selections of Fairview cow and goat’s milk cheeses. Fairview wines cover an extensive range of styles and price points, from crowd pleasers to serious, age-worthy reds, consistently over-delivering on quality.
Pop into the Deli brimming with a diverse selection of home-made local products and sustainably farmed foods. The Fairview cheese is undoubtably the biggest draw card. Home to Africa’s first goat’s cheese company, the Fairview Cheese Company has become every bit as successful as the wine side of the business. Creating over 50 different cow and goat’s milk artisanal cheeses, Fairview is the biggest speciality cheese in the country. Also extremely popular is the bakery and butchery as well as the wide selection of condiments, preserves and old-fashioned jams, free-range farm eggs, charcuterie, olive oils and more.
The popular Goatshed, a country-style eatery where fresh and homemade is always better, aims to bring the paddock and the farm as close to the table as possible.
Also Don’t Miss These Wonderful G.O.A.T Activities:
Kidding Season: Early August until the end of September is a very special time at Fairview when the nanny goats welcome their kids into the world. On Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, visitors have the opportunity to interact with the farm’s adorable baby goats at the guest area next to the Goat Tower between 09:30am and 13:00pm.
Fairview Goat Run: Wine lovers and nature enthusiasts can look forward to the 2023 edition of the much-loved Fairview Goat Run and charity event taking place at Fairview Wine Estate on 21 October 2023.