Goats do Roam

Paarl, paarl South Africa

Charles Back, the owner of Fairview, is also the man behind Goats do Roam. This is a memorable label that defied the French government when initially released and offers wines of superb quality and value for money.

The ‘legend’ goes that some errant members of Fairview’s long-established goat herd (the suppliers of milk for Fairview’s internationally award-winning cheeses) escaped from their paddock into the Fairview vineyards after 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 the vines.

The ‘Goats do Roam’ white and red are highly drinkable Rhône-style blends. The white is a blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc, while the red is a multivarietal blend that includes Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Durif, Tempranillo, Cinsault, Viognier and Tannat. ‘The Goatfather’ is an intriguing mix of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, an example of Charles’ well-documented experimentation with grape varieties.


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