Goats do Roam is rare in that it is an amusing and original proposition allied to wines of good quality and value for money. Normally, these concept wines put more money into marketing than into quality but, characteristically, Charles has done the opposite. The fruit for Goats is sourced primarily from Paarl, Malmesbury and Paardeberg. The legend goes that some errant members of Fairviews long established goat herd, supplier of milk for Fairviews internationally award winning cheeses, escaped one afternoon from their paddock into the Fairview vineyards when Charles Backs 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. Their selection serves as the inspiration for the blends of these wines.
The Shiraz was harvested from trellised vineyards in Paarl, Darling and the Swartland. The Cinsault (2%) is from bush vines in Paarl and the Piekenierskloof. The Mourvèdre is primarily from dryland bush vines in the Swartland with a splash from Stellenbosch. The juicy Grenache Noir is from Paarl and Darling. The Durif (9%), also known as Petit Syrah, is from decomposed granite soils grown in trellised Paarl vineyards.
Bright ruby in the glass. Fresh berry and lavender aromas layered with subtle spice notes. Light to medium bodied with young, juicy berry flavours, fine integrated oak and smooth tannins. A beautifully balanced wine with a soft finish.