Spier Creative Block 2 2020, lovely partner to my Pasta Puttanesca…

Spier Creative Block 2 2020

Spier is an Award-Winning Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. A real tourist destination. There is just so much to do.

I am told by my friends in the wine trade that this style of wine is a difficult sell. I find this difficult to understand as these are the two great grapes of Bordeaux and I love the combination. The sparky and puckish Sauvignon Blanc is tempered by the gravitas of the Semillon. A white Bordeaux style blend.

Jacques Erasmus, award winning winemaker at Spier

The 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sémillon grapes for this wine are from the Coastal Wine Appellation, from Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Darling. All grown on Oakleaf, Clovelly and Glenrosa soils on four different vineyards approximately 16 km from the cool Atlantic Ocean. The vineyards are dryland farmed which means a low yield

Semillon, a minor grape in the two way blend

Once in the cellar after dawn hand picking, Jacques Erasmus and his team destem and crush the grapes. Six hours skin contact was allowed after which the juice was run off to cool settle overnight. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with a portion of the Semillon matured in French Oak Barrels. The wines were then blended, allowed six month maturation on its lees and then prepared for bottling.

Spier Manor House

From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is elegant and simple, and the date and name of the Estate is engraved in the glass below the label. In the glass, the wine is a pale wheaten gold with lime green flashes. From entry the palate is crisp and fresh with flavours of white fleshed peach and sweet tropical limes. The palate is rich and generous with river stone minerality at the ending.

Pasta Puttanesca

Spier Creative Block 2 2020 is just perfect with food. Fancy dinner party stuff as well as a humble piece of beer batter fried fish or a well-prepared dish of pasta. A quickly rustled up Pasta Puttanesca is a great partner for a weeknight supper. Click here for my recipe.

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