Joostenberg Fairhead 2011

Joostenberg Fairhead 2011

Wine Vitals:  
Winery Joostenberg
Name of Wine Fairhead
Vintage 2011
Varietals Chenin blanc, Viognier, Roussanne


Restraint on the aroma, not a overblown perfume bomb, mineral notes with stone fruit and pips.
Palate: Subdued but ever so balanced and great length.
Appearance: Med, gold core with brilliant shimmer
Pairing: Salad, fish, poultry… on its own
W.0. Paarl
Decant (y/n): N
Serving Temp: 13- 14
About the Wine A non-Swartland, Southern Rhone-Inspired white blend with Chenin instead of Grenache blanc… Confusing? A bit perhaps, for those who are attached to labels.


We think this is a great white blend, just the way we like them – something SA is getting some serious recognition for.


“Every year we make a small batch of white wine that represents the best we    can do for that particular vintage,” says winemaker Tyrrel Myburgh.   “Fairhead is a family name    on the     maternal side  of the family and this     wine pays tribute to all the  women that play such an important role    at Joostenberg.” If you’ve ever met Anette, Tyrell’s German-origined wife, you know exactly what he means!


“You don’t get soppier than a winemaker naming a wine after his mommy!” Tyrrel tells us. On the contrary, we think that a white blends demands a feminine touch just like most wines and this is a perfect example.  


About the Farm and Winemaker Mixed agriculture was practiced on Joostenberg farm from the early days and wine. Brandy was made there since the early 1800’s until 1947.


Joostenberg was bought by the Myburgh family in 1879 and ownership has remained in the family since then. Brother Tyrrel and Philip Myburgh are the 5th generation of Myburghs to farm this land. The oldest homestead on the farm, a classic “Cape Dutch” manor house, dating back to 1756, has been declared a national monument.


In 1947 winemaking ceased and for the following 52 years Joostenberg grapes were sold to the local co-op. In 1999 Tyrrel and Philip resumed the winemaking tradition and Joostenberg wines are now sold both locally and abroad.


What can we say about the Myburghs? Old school gentlemen farmers through and through. Tyrell and his wife Anette are warm and welcoming hosts.   A meal at their table invariably involves a who’s-who of winos, a bunch of kids, Anette’s locally grown fare and a peak into South African wine (and spirits) history.  

Climate and soils


Joostenberg is situated in Muldersvlei approximately 15km north of Stellenbosch and 15km west of Paarl. The soils are very old, decomposed and mostly alluvial.


Meaning not a heck of lot of nutrients or water, so the vineyards fight hard, and deliver the goods in small volumes. Annual rainfall is 640mm, most of which occurs during winter. During the ripening period the grapes are cooled by morning mists and late afternoon southerly winds (the “Cape Doctor”) blowing from the Atlantic Ocean.


These morning mists, which intensify as autumn approaches, encourage the growth of Noble Rot (Botrytis cinerea) and allow the farm to produce the Joostenberg Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest. (Yum. Perhaps a future feature of Tank & Barrel?)

What we think

(why we picked it)

We love it because it is as South African as biltong and bobotie. Innovation rather than imitation at a super reasonable price.
Pricing/Value: R 100 per bottle (in cases of 6 at R 600 per case)