No better way than to celebrate International Chenin Blanc Day than with a bottle of the Spier Signature Series Chenin Blanc 2019, made by Spier Award Winning Winemaker Jacques Erasmus. The grapes for this wine come from the Western Cape, Breede Rivier and the Coastal Appellations. The vineyards grow on a mix of alluvial, well drained and aerated soils and decomposed granite in the foothills. The vineyards are both bush vines and trellised, delivering between 10 and 15 tons per hectare.
Once hand-harvested, the grapes were taken to the cellar where they were destemmed and slightly crushed and brief contact on the skins before pressing and. Free run juice settled in the tanks overnight. The clear settled juice of the individual block selections (some kept separate and some blended) were racked from the lees and inoculated with selected yeast strains. The fermentation was temperature controlled. Maturation occurred on the fine lees for another 3months to give extra body and elegance to this unoaked wine. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple, elegant Spier. In the glass, the wine is a pale wheaten straw with lime green flashes. The aromas are classic Chenin and segue into the palate. Guava, white flowers, honey blend with a mélange of tropical fruits. There is a line of acidity from entry into the long gently waning aftertaste. The wine is beautifully balanced with all the components in harmony with and support each other. The wine is for now drinking, though given a year or so of cool cellaring it will reward you amply.
The Spier Signature Series Chenin Blanc 2019 is a wine for all times. From that midmorning refresher, the sundown sipper, the glass on its own, the glass as an aperitif and a great accompaniment to food. The Pesto Princess’s Hake with Harissa and Coconut Cream is a gem of a partner. Click HERE for the recipe.