Spier Signature Series Chenin Blanc 2020, back into my wine comfort zone with a plate of Ceviche……

Spier Signature Series Chenin Blanc 2020

Spier is one of the few one stop Tourist Destinations in the winelands. Here you can go on a vineyard tour on a Segway, visit the Eagle Encounter, have tea and pasteis de nata at the Vadas Smokehouse and Bakery or a jolly good meal there too, go wine tasting, and if you need to put your head down, the hotel is the place to be.

After the high days and holidays over the last week, I return to the loved favourites, for me the Spier Signature Series. If you want to know what a grape tastes like once it has been turned into wine, these wines are perfect.

Johan Jordaan, Spier Cellarmaster

The Chenin Blanc grapes come from Vineyards in the Western Cape Appellation, were harvested by hand and brought to the Cellar where Johan Jordaan, Cellarmaster and his team de-stemmed and slightly crushed before pressing and brief contact on the skins. Free run juice was settled in the tanks overnight. The clear settled juice of the individual block
selections (some kept separate and some blended) was racked from the lees and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Fermentation was temperature controlled. Maturation occurred on the fine lees for another 3 months to give extra body and elegance to this unoaked wine. Blending of the different components takes place and the wine is prepared for bottling.

Chenin Blanc in the hands of the harvester

From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple, elegant and descriptive. In the glass, the wine is a pale lemony straw in colour with some lime green flashes. The aromas and palate segue one into the other with all the benchmark Chenin Blanc whiffs and tastes. On the nose, you will find fresh sliced pears, Golden Delicious Apples, white guava and floral notes. On entry, the wine is dry, rich and generous with the aromas turning into flavours. Everything is in harmony on the long aftertaste. This wine is made to drink now. Excellent food partner.

Jamie Oliver’s Peruvian Ceviche

The Spier Signature Series Chenin Blanc 2020 is a great refresher, for sipping and just fabulous with food. Chicken, veal, pork, Oriental dishes like Sushi and Sashimi and my favourite South American dish from Peru – Ceviche. Jamie Oliver has a true Peruvian Recipe on his website. This is the picture of his dish and click HERE for his recipe.

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