Darling Chenin Blanc

Darling

Fairview

Fairview is situated on the lower slopes of Mount Paarl, which is more...

sheltered from the moderating maritime influence than nearby Stellenbosch. Vines were planted here as early as 1699. The property was bought by the grandfather of current owner Charles Back in 1937. Fairview has a reputation for consistent quality across a range of innovative styles, using both classic and unusual varietie, and leads the field in South Africa in matching varieties to specific sites. The Fairview estate now has a total of 680 hectares of vineyard over four appellations: Paarl (350 hectares), Swartland (155 hectares), Darling (140 hectares) and Stellenbosch (35 hectares). This vineyard ownership in so many different regions allows Charles to produce a wide range of wines, from grapes grown in optimal conditions. In 2014, Charles received a lifetime achievement award from the International Wine Challenge.

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Vineyards

The grapes for this wine are from a bush vine vineyard on the west facing hills outside Darling, at approximately 300 metres above sea level. The vineyard was planted in 2001 on Richter 99 rootstock, which are tolerant to water stress, and is dry farmed. The soil in this vineyard is decomposed granite, differentiating it from the surrounding vineyards which are mainly oakleaf soil; and adding a mineral note to the wines.

Vintage Information

2017 was another hot vintage. April and May were very dry, but winter brought the cold and welcome rainfall. Warmer weather in August contributed to an early, even bud burst. October and November were characterised by cool nights and warm days, which were perfect for flowering and berry set. The generally dry vintage resulted in very healthy grapes with no disease or rot.

Vinification

The fruit was handpicked in the early hours of the morning and delivered cold to the cellar. It was then destalked and gently pressed. The free-run juice settled for two days before the clear juice was racked off and cold fermented in tank. On completion of fermentation, the wine was left on fine lees before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Vibrant light green in colour with fruity aromas of melon and pear on the nose. The palate is fresh and crisp with lengthy, well balanced acidity and flavours of lime and minerality typical of the Darling vineyards.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Chenin Blanc
Region Darling, Coastal Region
Winemaker Anthony de Jager
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%