All the wines from Spier Wine Farm are certified organic, which is a great achievement, especially when you are buy in grapes from other producers. Yet they are able to produce range upon range of award winning wines. Frans Smit, the Cellarmaster and his formidable team of lauded winemakers produce the Spier Signature Series from whence cometh this Chardonnay. I always feel that if you want to know what a grape variety tastes like, if you taste a wine from this range, you will know.
The grapes for this wine come from the McGregor and Coastal Region Wine Appellations from vineyards between 10 and 14 tons a hectare. They were hand-harvested from selected vineyard blocks and then de-stemmed, slightly crushed and pressed at the cellar. The juice of the individual block selections were then separately vinified under cool conditions and fermented in stainless steel tanks. 5% of the wine was barrel fermented in new French oak barrels to add complexity and gravitas to the wine. The best tanks were selected for the final blend. Maturation occurred on the fine lees for two months prior to preparation for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle closed with a black screw cap. The label, as it is for this range is simple and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a brightshining pale gold with youthful lime green flashes. The aromas are classic Chardonnay. Pink fleshed grape fruit, lime, yellow apple, banana, pear and hints of vanilla and butterscotch on the nose. The palate is rich and smooth and somewhat creamy. The layers of fruit, zippy acidity are in perfect harmony through the long aftertaste.
The Spier Signature Series Chardonnay 2020, is good as a gentle sipper at sundown or as an aperitif before a meal. Mira Weiner is a plant based cook who lives in McGregor and has recently launched her website. As more and more people are looking to eat more plant based food, it is an excellent website to follow. Find it HERE. My choice of Mira’s dishes for this wine is her Creamy Vegan Mushroom Campagnola. A lovely dish, campagnola is Italian and means a countrywoman, which is what Mira really is. Click HERE for her recipe.
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