Jacques Erasmus is part of Cellarmaster Frans Smit’s Award-Winning Wine Making Team at Spier Wine Farm. Creating one of my most favourite of white blends, what they call in Australia an SBS – Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon, also a classical blend in South West France, Jacques uses 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sémillon.
The grapes for this wine are sourced from organic vineyards in Stellenbosch and Darling, the latter known for its quality Sauvignon Blanc produced in vineyards planted in Oakleaf, Clovelly and Glenrosa soils and much affected by cooling breezes off the cold Benguela Current which runs from th deep South Atlantic up our West Coast. The ocean breeze ameliorates the Summer heat in the vineyards, giving the berries a longer hanging time on the vine. The vineyards are all dry land farmed and these conditions create concentrated grapes with intense flavours.
Hand harvesting is done at dawn and the grapes are cooled before manual sorting, destemming and crushing. 6 hours of skin contact occurs and once cool settled, the juice is inoculated with a special yeast and then taken to stainless steel tanks for cool fermentation. The grapes are separately vinified for later blending. A small component of the Sémillon was fermented in small French Oak Barrels. This adds another layer to the complexity of the final wine. After blending the wine is prepared for bottling. The wine took a Gold Award at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2020.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle and closed with a black screw cap. The label is simple, classical Spier. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw in colour with youthful lime green flashes. The aromas are of sweet tropical limes, white fleshed peaches and sappy kiwi fruit. The palate is full and generous with a line of bright acidity running through from entry to the long and gently waning aftertaste. Asparagus, a fynbos herbaceousness and wet river stones are in undertow and the whole is supported by the oak with its spice and vanilla. A refreshing glass. The wine is for now drinking, though a year or two of cool cellaring will reward you once the wine has softened down.
Parmigiana di Melanzane by Alastair Little – CLICK HERE
The Spier Creative Block 2 2020 is an excellent sipping wine, at midday before lunch or perhaps at sundown. It is good with snacks and a perfect partner to Aubergine Parmigiana.
Alistair Little, well known British Chef. I worked with him some years back
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