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Goats do Roam Red, South Africa

The legend goes that some errant members of Fairview’s long-established goat herd, supplier of milk for Fairview’s internationally award-winning cheeses, escaped one afternoon from their paddock into the Fairview vineyards when Charles Back’s young son Jason accidentally left the paddock gate open. The little group happily roamed among the vineyards, showing rare discernment by selecting some of the ripest berries from some of the choicest vines. The Syrah grapes come from trelissed vineyards in Paarl and the Cinsault from old bush vines also in Paarl. The Mourvèdre, Grenache and Carignan all come from vineyards in Swartland. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks but left to mature for 10 months in old oak casks in order to develop the generous flavours typical of Rhônish wines.