The Carignan grapes were picked from Bassons’ bushvine vineyards in the Swartland side of the Perdeberg Mountain. It is the oldest Carignan vineyard in the country, planted in 1972. The vines grow on Malmesbury shale soils, which provide elegance to the grapes and sheer complexity to the final wine.
The grapes were hand harvested at 24 °B, destalked, hand sorted and lightly crushed. Next, the grapes were fermented in a stainless steel tank with regular pump overs. The wine completed malolactic fermentation in 2nd and 3rd fill French barrels, with further maturation for 20 months. Only the best barrels were selected, lightly filtered and bottled.
|WINE RANGE||Single Vinyard|
|WINE OF ORIGIN||Swartland|
|COLOUR||Deep ruby red|
|AROMAS||Strawberry, cherry and black pepper on the nose.|
|FLAVOUR||The palate is fresh with flavours of raspberry and a savoury finish.|
|RESIDUAL SUGAR||3.4 g/l|
|TOTAL ACID||5.9 g/l|
|VARIETY PERCENTAGE||Carignan: 100%|
|FOOD PAIRING IDEAS||Pair with game, especially ostrich fillet. The perfect food wine.|
|WINE AWARDS||2009: 91 points – Tim Atkins SA Report Publication 2014|
|BRAND DESCRIPTION||A taste of our most exceptional land that bottles a true sense of place. We produce only the highest quality selection from each vintage in small and limited batches.|
Fairview Pegleg Carignan
We pick our Carignan grapes from the Bassons’ bushvine vineyards in the Swartland side of the Perdeberg Mountain. It is the oldest Carignan vineyard in the country, planted in 1972, and now reaching the ripe age of 45 years. The vines grow on Malmesbury shale soils, which provide elegance and sheer complexity to the final wine. We make our Pegleg Carignan from these grapes, a Single Vineyard wine that has a unique story to tell. The Basson family, who have farmed at Die Slot for three generations, were one of the first families to plant Carignan in South Africa. At 17 years of age, Cobus Basson was helping his father plant vines when a tractor overturned and rolled onto him, causing the loss of a leg. Being a man of great humour and spirit, he is affectionately known amongst local farmers as “Houtbeen” (Pegleg) Basson. Our Single Vineyard Carignan is named Pegleg as an homage to a man and wine which are both bold and spirited with enormous character and depth