Fairview Goats Do Roam South Africa 2008

Member Review by Lindy Hemsley:

An inspired label that could have backfired if the wine was too far from its inspiration. Whew, it works. An earthy nose, cherry fruit and bacon notes, a little smoky, light mouthfeel and good acid.

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Goats Do Roam Wine Company:
Goats do Roam is a South African wine company, based in the Paarl region of the Cape winelands. Founded in 1999 by Fairview owner Charles Back, the company's wines continue to be produced at the Fairview cellar, under the guidance of Back's experienced team. The winemaking focus is on blended styles, incorporating grapes from vineyards in a number of winemaking regions. Initially ins... Read more
Goats do Roam is a South African wine company, based in the Paarl region of the Cape winelands. Founded in 1999 by Fairview owner Charles Back, the company's wines continue to be produced at the Fairview cellar, under the guidance of Back's experienced team. The winemaking focus is on blended styles, incorporating grapes from vineyards in a number of winemaking regions. Initially inspired by the roaming Saanen goats on the Fairview farm, the Goats do Roam winemakers draw inspiration from various regions while still aiming to express a truly South African wine style. The range of wines has been widely acclaimed for its excellent value and consistent quality as well as the brands innovative, quirky approach to the market. After enjoying early success in the US market, the wines of the Goats do Roam Wine Company are now available in many parts of the world. The goats do roam! Following the careful selection of fine fruit from the top vineyards in the area, the grapes used in our Goats do Roam wines are transported to the Fairview cellar in Paarl, where the wines are produced and bottled. We harvest from the last week in January through to late March. During this period our modern, well-equipped Winery processes over 1500 tons of grapes. Modern wine making techniques coupled to traditional care enable us to depict both the varietal character and terroir of our vines. Read less

Member Reviews for Fairview Goats Do Roam South Africa

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Snooth User: Lindy Hemsley
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/28/2009

An inspired label that could have backfired if the wine was too far from its inspiration. Whew, it works. An earthy nose, cherry fruit and bacon notes, a little smoky, light mouthfeel and good acid.


Snooth User: ttutony
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 12/21/2008

First off, I have to say I decided to try this because I thought the clever play on Cotes du Rhone was entertaining enough to warrant trying the wine. Not too expensive in the price category either. The flavors here are fruit-forward with lush, ripe berry flavors. There is maybe a tiny hit of spice in the mix as well. The wine has a medium body with very easy, soft tannins. Personally, I could have gone for a little more spicy complexity and a little bit more of a tannic backbone, but I realize that is not for everyone. This is a very easy-drinking South African take on Rhone wines that I think could be a real crowd-pleaser and a good intro to Rhone grapes.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 01/12/2009

When trying this wine I tried to imagine it being a French Cotes du Rhone. This was a medium bodied wine that I felt did a good job mimicking the fruit flavors seen from the real deal. However you could tell the grapes came from younger vines and the wine on a whole felt young, lacking any complex tannins. Noted tastes of red berries and a distinct spiciness in the finish (perhaps black pepper). Very good way to get a feel for the real Cotes du Rhone without breaking the bank. I am very intrigued to try the other wines in their arsenal such as the Goat-Roti that hopefully will give me an impression of the wines of Côte-Rôtie without the $80+ price tag.


Snooth User: mamtms
10856325
0.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/22/2008

I was immediately interested in S. African wine from my first sip, That was almost 13 years ago when S. African wines were at best, questionable. This wine is user friendly, goes well with a vast array of food, or by itself with med-sharp cheese. Also if you are a lover of Rhone wines, the Cinsault begs to be noticed, complimenting the fickle Pinot Noir instead of overpowering. A great marriage of grapes, Step out of the mold and give S.A. wines a try. Pinotage is like Gewurtziminer, you love it or you don't!


Snooth User: screech
13838727
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/17/2009

Three glasses


External Reviews for Fairview Goats Do Roam South Africa

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Vintage: 2006 08/01/2008

Goats Do Roam is a dry medium bodied South African red from the Cape and is packed with soft-red-fruit flavors and has a spicy finish. This unusual blend of seven grapes creates an easy-drinking wine that still manages to maintain some complexity. This is an excellent well-rounded wine that tastes like it cost double the price. It goes perfectly with light meat dishes, stands up to spicy food, and is approachable enough to drink alone. Like the perfect dinner party guest, Goats Do Roam is easy going, happy with any food and witty to boot. Drink now.



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