Fairview’s Wines

 

  Although usually only new release wines are available at the winery, previous vintages are available at many wine stores including select VQA stores. Below is a list of wines produced by Fairview.

Cabernet Franc: The most difficult of the varietals to grow due to the late ripening, the quality of the finished product makes it worth it.  Usually in the vicinity of 300 cases are produced annually from the estate vineyard.  The remaining is used in the blends.

Merlot: Only small quantities are produced as a varietal.  The Merlot is more important to the blends to give them mid-palate depth and softness.  In most years, this wine is only available through the winery.

Cabernet Sauvignon: This Varietal is the work horse of Fairview Cellars.  There can be as many as three different bottling’s.  The estate always produces at least 200 cases as a varietal. The Bear and Two Hoots are predominantly Cab. Sauv. blends.  The Quail’s Wayside vineyard (QWV) is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Some years the wine from QWV is blended in both the Two Hoots and the Madcap Red.  In 2009 it was kept separate because of the exceptional quality of the wine.

Two Hoots:  A Cabernet/Merlot blend specifically produced and priced for daily consumption. (really!)  Although there are many reasons for the name Two Hoots, the main reason is to honor the return every year of the Great-Horned Owls to nest on the Fairview property.  This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is fashioned to make the wine available to drink within 3 years of production yet be able to hold in the bottle for upwards of 10 years.  Of course this varies with vintages.

Madcap Red: This Merlot based blend is the answer for those of you that prefer Merlots.  Quantities of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are blended to add some depth and complexity to the Merlot. (most would agree that by adding the Cabs to Merlot a more complex layered wine results)  This wine is available in large (relatively speaking) quantities.

The Bear:  Previously call “The Bear’s Meritage” this is part of the “Premier Series” wines (along with the higher end Cabs).  A blend of five of the classic Bordeaux cultivars (Cab. Sauv., Merlot, Cab. Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) with Cabernet Sauvignon being at least 50% of the blend, sometimes reaching as high as 75% of the blend in exceptional Cab. years.  The best barrels are always chosen for this wine, with the Cab. Sauv. grapes usually coming from a later picking to add to the complexity.  The wine is stored for longer periods of time in the barrel. (anywhere from 14 to 20 months)  The time “on the skins” is usually longer, again to achieve higher extraction from the skins.

Sauvignon Blanc:  Up until 2010 all the grapes for this wine were purchased.  Bruce Iverson and his wife Susie have provided the grapes since 2007.  A passionate organic grower who consistently produces a high quality product for Bill to work with.  Two rows of Semillon on their estate add a much welcome complexity to the final product.

As of 2010, a small acreage of Sauvignon Blanc on the estate has come into production.  Located on the lower level of the bench next to the first green, the microclimate formed by the irrigation schedule of the golf course is providing the necessary atmosphere for high quality grapes.  These grapes are blended with the Iverson’s. 

Bucket O’ Blood: Named in honour of the Moffatt Saloon nicknamed “The Bucket Of Blood” by the miners of the 1890’s.  This Saloon was situated up the “Reed Creek” draw above the Fairview Townsite.  Syrah is the theme grape in this wine, but it is not necessarily the predominant in terms of volume.  There is only one row of Syrah planted on the estate producing no more than two barrels in any one year; thus, depending on the year and the quality of the wine, either Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc or both can be used in the blend.

Iconoclast: Once again in 2011 four barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from estate were set aside for an additional year. The additional time in the barrel allows the Cab. to soften, become bigger and rounder.

Pinot Noir:  The newest addition to the Fairview Cellars portfolio.  With the purchase of land in “Pinot territory” and the subsequent planting of Pinot Noir, it was decided to purchase some Pinot to start learning the “difficult grape”.  The style has not been completely established yet,  but an elegant light and fruity wine has emerged in the early years.  2012 saw the Eagle Bluff vineyard owned by Bill Eggert and Barry Barisoff emerge into full production.  Because of the quality grapes being purchased from Ron Fournier, Bill has decided to continue to do a blend of both vineyards.

Gruner Veltliner: 69 cases were produced on the first bottling of this Austrian/Slovakian variety. Planted in the Eagle Bluff Vineyard, this cold climate grape adapts very well to the Okanagan Winters.