Fairview Darling Chenin Blanc has intense pear aromas with floral notes on the nose and soft straw undertones. Opulent pear and tropical fruit continue on the palate with well-integrated freshness. The lees contact adds generous mouth feel and length.
The grapes for this wine are from a bushvine vineyard on the west facing hills outside Darling, at approximately 300m above sea level. The vineyard was planted in 2001 on Richter 99 rootstock and is dryland farmed. The soil in this vineyard is decomposed granite, differentiating it from the surrounding vineyards which are mainly oakleaf soils. The crop was thinned down to two bunches per shoot.
The fruit was destalked and lightly crushed into separator tanks. Only the free-run juice was used for this wine and it was allowed to settle for two days. The clear juice was racked off and fermented using Vin 7 yeasts at approximately 12°C. Fermentation lasted 20 days. Once completed the wine was left on the fine lees for several months prior to bottling. No malolactic fermentation was allowed. It comes with the vintage information as follows: Vintage: 2013: Winemaker: Anthony de Jager: Consultant Winemaker: Charles Back: Closure: Stelvin: Alcohol (ABV): 13.5%.