A delicious Sauvignon Blanc which leans towards the tropical side of the varietal. Passion fruit, nectarine, guava, pineapple, cucumber, lime and pink grapefruit explode out of the glass and onto the taste buds. There the acidity tidies everything up and helps carry the extended finale.
Richly aromatic ripe melon, tropical fruit and vanilla on the nose, with generously ripe fruit and lightly buttery sensations tempered by well-balanced acidity in the mouth. Crowd-pleasing New World style.
New World wine? Fairview Cellars was established in 1693. That’s right. This is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petit Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault from Paarl, aged in tanks and barrels. Ripe, juicy and smooth, this medium-bodied, easy-drinking red carries smoked meats, cherries and stewed cassis to a short, clipped finish. There’s a driving level of VA and some reduction brewing underneath the surface of this screw-capped wine that detract. That said, a partnership with smokey beef ribs will mitigate.
First tasted a year ago, this wine has mellowed slightly but without losing too much freshness. Opens with fresh citrus on the nose with the same theme carrying through on the medium weight palate. It is smoothly textured with good overall balance and a clean fresh finish. A well-made, straightforward wine.
This Chardonnay has hit its ‘sweet spot’ and is drinking beautifully right now. Peach, flowers, honey, candied apple, pineapple, vanilla and spice flow out of the glass. The medium body, round texture and lowish acid make for a crowd-pleaser. Pair with halibut topped with a beurre blanc or chicken shish kabobs.
A 50-50 blend of tank and barrel fermentation. The former contributes fresh citrus and tropical fruitiness. The latter adds spicy complexity with caramel notes throughout. Elegant, juicy and subtly buttery, so quite versatile. Poised for all manner of seafood, chicken or cheese.