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Goats Do Roam Red Rhone Blend Western Cape 2008

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There’s no stopping Fairview owner/vintner Charles Back when his interest in a creative, entrepreneurial project is piqued. It all started with a suggestion by a wine buyer ... the man humorously suggested the vinification of a Rhône-style blend called "Goats do Roam". Back, already known for his panache with Shiraz and always looking for new styles of wine to woo adventurous and discerning consumers, took the ball and ran with it. Thus was born, in 1999, what was for the South African wine scene an innovative blend using Rhône varieties such as Shiraz, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvèdre with a dash of local Pinotage, which Back had sourced from various vineyards (his own and others) around Paarl and Malmesbury. But, despite the humour of the packaging, the content of the bottle impressed with its quality, combining rich complexity with great drinkability. Since then, Goats do Roam has expanded into a fully fledged wine company with a range of nine whimsically named wines. This Shiraz / Pinotage blend's nose is subdued in its youth, but shows clove and liquorice hints. It is medium bodied, with ripe fruit flavours. Elegant finish, with oak notes and red fruit following through.

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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 Goats Do Roam Red Rhone Blend Western Cape

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Snooth User: strobert
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4.00 5
12/30/2009

great blast of fruit and wonderful buttery finish very good value

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  • Snooth User: inomthings
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    4.00 5
    01/30/2010

    I like to have this wine when I'm eating beef curry. Horrible, I know.


    Snooth User: aschilson
    70965710
    3.00 5
    02/27/2011

    Good value. An Alamo house wine... Spicy earthy juicy hint of barnyard.


    External Reviews for Goats Do Roam Red Rhone Blend Western Cape

    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    05/19/2011

    Round, with juicy red cherry and raspberry notes, followed by nice pebble and pepper hints on the finish. Shiraz, Pinotage, Cinsault, Mourvédre, Grenache and Carignane. Drink now.


    External Review
    Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
    11/21/2009

    This red is medium-bodied with soft red fruit flavors and a pepperfy finish that could stand up to any charcuterie dish. Made in the style of a Côtes-du-Rhône but comes from South Africa.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    05/19/2011

    The grapes were harvested from vineyards in Paarl, Pedeberg and Malmesbury. The grapes are mostly sourced from dry-farmed old bush vines. These are mostly vineyards with small cropping levels. The resulting wine has considerable concentration.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    05/19/2011

    Fresh and open-knit, with red plum and cherry fruit backed by modest toast. A hint of tobacco on the finish. Drink now.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    05/19/2011

    This red blend offers appealing, integrated aromas and flavors of red cherry, plum and pepper. Full in the mouth and displaying smooth tannins, the wine's layered character will pair well with richer meat dishes.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    05/19/2011

    Round and ripe, with plum and berry flavors, and sweet smoke on the finish. Straightforward but engaging. A blend of Pinotage, Shiraz, Cinsault, Grenache and others. Drink now.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    05/19/2011

    As a wandering Capricorn, I have not yet been led to South Africa where this goat hails from, but I suggest you imagine yourself on a new adventure, taking risks, and experiencing life! Look through the beautiful glass of garnet before you. Smell the cherry and currant. Is there a hint of something else inside? The first sip reveals a light texture followed by an intense rush of flavor, ending unexpectedly dry. Your horoscope reads, "Discoveries lead to simple pleasures under $10."


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    There’s no stopping Fairview owner/vintner Charles Back when his interest in a creative, entrepreneurial project is piqued. It all started with a suggestion by a wine buyer ... the man humorously suggested the vinification of a Rhône-style blend called "Goats do Roam". Back, already known for his panache with Shiraz and always looking for new styles of wine to woo adventurous and discerning consumers, took the ball and ran with it. Thus was born, in 1999, what was for the South African wine scene an innovative blend using Rhône varieties such as Shiraz, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvèdre with a dash of local Pinotage, which Back had sourced from various vineyards (his own and others) around Paarl and Malmesbury. But, despite the humour of the packaging, the content of the bottle impressed with its quality, combining rich complexity with great drinkability. Since then, Goats do Roam has expanded into a fully fledged wine company with a range of nine whimsically named wines. This Shiraz / Pinotage blend's nose is subdued in its youth, but shows clove and liquorice hints. It is medium bodied, with ripe fruit flavours. Elegant finish, with oak notes and red fruit following through.

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