This wine was the production of Spier’s Award-Winning Winemaker, Jacques Erasmus and his team. The wine won a Michelangelo International Wine Spirits Gold Award in the 2020 judging.
The average age of the vineyards which are the source of the grapes for this wine is 14 years of age. They are planted in Malmesbury shale and Cape Granite soils in the Stellenbosch and Durbanville Wine Appellations. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are noble grapes which have their origins in Burgundy and Champagne.
Grapes were hand-harvested in the early morning before the Summer heat rises in the vineyards into 10kg lug boxes and are pre-cooled before hand-sorting and whole bunch pressing. The juice was transferred into stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place under cool temperatures. After 3 months of lying on its lees the wine is prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped clear glass bottle, closed with a black screw cap. The label is simple elegant Spier. In the glass, the wine is a delicate salmon colour, gem bright and very inviting. The aromas are of wood strawberries and yellow apples. The aromas segue into the palate, which from entry is vibrant, crisp and fresh with a lovely thread of citrus acidity running through into the ending. This is a wine made for now drinking, and is the perfect mid-morning refresher, lunchtime accompaniment or sundown sipper.
The Spier Signature Chardonnay Pinot Noir nv is a great glass on its own, though it does chine with food as well. It doesn’t need anything pretentious, though is good with smoked salmon, but us a great partner to a tranche of Beer Battered SASSI friendly Hake and of course, a bowl of rustly chips and another of Sauce Tartare. Click HERE for my recipe.
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