Goats do Roam, Red Blend 2019
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This wine shows red currant, plum and peppercorns on the nose. Medium bodied with firm tannins, the youthful palate has generous berry fruit and hints of spice from the oak with a long, fresh finish.
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 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 Paarl wine region is located in the coastal area of South Africa’s Western Cape – about 65kms north-west of Cape Town. The town of Paarl lays at the heart of the region, named after the shiny granite mountain in the distance.
The climate is very similar to the Rhône Valley in France, with moderate warm summers cooled by Atlantic breezes towards harvest season. Vineyards grow on the flat valley floor, and have expanded extensively into the surrounding hillsides.
For most of the 20th century, the Paarl region was at the heart of the South African wine industry, but the shift has gradually mixed towards Stellenbosch. However, the terror driven wines of its sub-areas, have revitalised the region in recent years.
Paarl represents around 120 wineries ranging from large co-operative cellars to historic family-owned estates. It combines old-world charm with new-world style winemaking and is becoming increasingly well-regarded for red and white wine blends.