New release: Fairview Bloemcool Oom Pinnes Semillon 2023

New release: Fairview Bloemcool Oom Pinnes Semillon 2023

Today we are overjoyed to introduce you to a wine inspired by another Fairview icon… Oom Pinnes.

Years ago, we made an incredibly well-loved and critically acclaimed wine called Oom Pagel. The wine was an oaked Semillon, affectionately named after a man who worked at Fairview all his life and with whom Charles had a special friendship. Oom Pagel was a descendant of the Malay slaves brought to the Cape by the Dutch, and Charles was fascinated by his stories, which spanned a century of life and times at Fairview. Although he never drank a drop, Semillon was his very favourite grape variety due to the big, juicy berries he would sample from the vineyard next to his home.

Oom Pagel’s family, comprising the Adams and Fortuin families, has a seven generation connection with Fairview, with many of his descendants still employed in the winery, cheese factory, and administrative office to this day. With this Semillon, we honour his grandson, Oom Pinnes, who sadly passed away last year. Oom Pinnes officially worked at Fairview for over 45 years but would often be found helping in the cellar long after his retirement. It seems fitting to release this wine at this time, as his granddaughter, Clarissa, has just completed her first harvest in the Fairview cellar.

Hand-picked in the early morning and delivered cold to preserve the delicate flavours. The whole bunches are gently pressed, allowing for a natural fermentation in 500L French oak barrels. After nine months of aging in these oak barrels, the wine is bottled without stabilisation or filtration, ensuring its purity and authenticity. As a result, harmless sediment may occur, a testament to its natural crafting process and minimal intervention.

This Semillon presents a bright, pretty yellow colour with a green tinge. The nose bursts with aromas of lemon and lime, honey, and crushed seashells, complemented by brioche notes from the oak. On the palate, you’ll find flavours of gooseberries, citrus, and sweet oak, finishing fresh with a long, savoury aftertaste. It is drinking beautifully now and will continue to improve in the bottle over the next 2-3 years under good storage conditions.

To LIFE…and Oom Pinnes.

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