Spier De-Alcoholised Chenin Blanc 2020

Spier Wine Farm is a superb tourist destination in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. So much to do, things to see, Segway trips, wine tastings and sales, Eagle Encounter, fabulous food, from the Vadas Smokehouse and The Spier Café. And then you could spend a night in the Spier Hotel…

Anton Swarts – Cape Wine Master, and winemaker at Spier

The wine is made by Anton Swarts – Cape Wine Master, and winemaker at Spier. He chooses specific Coastal Wine Appellation vineyard blocks which naturally produce wines lower in alcohol and natural acidity. I am always fascinated by the de-alcoholisation of wine. This one is made in the traditional way in the cellar. Once fermentation starts, a small amount of alcohol is formed, and this is de-alcoholised using the quaintly Spinning Cone Technology. De-alcoholising occurred in two stages. The first stage, under vacuum and at low temperatures, extracted the wine’s volatile flavours and aromatic soul. The second stage removed the neutral alcohol and added back the extracted flavour and aromatics. The wine is then prepared for bottling.

Chenin Blanc in the hands of the harvester

From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap.  In the glass the wine is straw coloured. The aromas and palate adjust quickly to the delicate elegance and finesse. Whiffs of ripe white fleshed peaches, citrus, elderflowers and white guava. The palate is juicy from entry with delicious tropical fruits. Rich and generous palate with a lime finish and an undertow of some salty kelp.

Dalewood Fromage Winelands Brie Estate Cheese

The Spier De-Alcoholised Chenin Blanc 2020 is a great sipper, and fabulous with food. Lovely crisp vegetarian summery salads.More and more I like a good white wine with cheese and just perfect as a partner is a tranche of fine Winelands Brie cheese from Dalewood Fromage in Paarl. Yes! White wine and cheese work really well together, especially when the wine has a little edge of sweetness to it..

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