Drinks, food

Meet the fairest rosé of all


Fairview has introduced a brand new rosé wine just in time for summer. The Fairview Rose Quartz 2016 wine is inspired by the rosé wines of Provence, with its delicate pink hue and innovative blend of 41% Grenache Noir, 39% Carignan and 20% Cinsault.

The name is inspired by much more than the colour and traditional character of rosé wine. The soil of South Africa's vineyard landscape is infused with granite and the minerals feldspar and quartz. This blend makes for an environment that is ideal for wine cultivation. Today, a number of vineyards are speckled with quartz fragments, shimmering light pink in the sun. It is this geological phenomenon that has inspired the name of this new wine - a product of the very minerals in which it has been cultivated.

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The winemaking process involved the grapes being handpicked and transferred to the cellar for whole-bunch pressing, after which the juice was left to settle overnight. The juice was then racked off the lees and 45% was fermented in older French oak barrels before it was meticulously blended and bottled. Notes of fresh quince, pomegranate and cherries finish off this wine. This mix of grapes is perfect with salads, pasta dishes and fish.

“Rosé wine is the perfect ‘in-between’ wine. Our pale, fresh Rose Quartz is a welcome addition to the range. It’s a great summer wine, packed with fruit and complexity,” says winemaker Anthony de Jager.

Fairview wine farm was first established in 1963. You can visit the wine farm daily for tastings. A bottle of Rose Quartz retails for R100 and is sold exclusively online from Fairview's Cellar Door and the farm's tasting room in Paarl.

For more information, visit Fairview.co.za