Fairview sparkling wine

Fairview MCCCharles Back’s South African winery Fairview has recently released the first bottling of a new Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wine. It was made by winemaker Stephanie Betts and was inspired by a 6 week internship at Nyetimber in the English winelands in 2010.

Unusually for a South African bubbly, the wine is a blend of Viognier (36%), Grenache Noir (34%) and Grenache Blanc (30%). Charles Back has been a pioneer of Rhône and Mediterranean varieties in South Africa so it is not unexpected that he and his team decided to do something different. The wine is vintage 2011 and there are a limited number of bottles available, so it is unlikely to make its way to the UK market. However Stephanie confirmed that there is a follow up 2012 which she is really excited about. It apparently has a higher proportion of Viognier.

I hope to be able to taste the wine at some stage – perhaps Fairview will have some along for the Beautiful South tasting in September?

The label and packaging was designed by Victoria Peter Design, who also designed the packaging for the Villiera Starlight MCC. Clearly there are some similarities. The open cork and cage as well as the narrow neck band are shared. This contrasting combination of modern label and more rustic, visible cork is cool, but is seems like it will be the flavour of the month with a few other producers doing the same.

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