Frans Smit and his team at Spier are a formidable team of people in the Spier Cellar produces a vast range of wines, styles, varietal wines, from easy drinking every day quaffers through to mid-week wonders and then some for splashing out. The Spier Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is my choice for the Cabernet Sauvignon for today’s #sawineonlockdown.
The grapes come from three different wine appellations, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Breedekloof, each adding its own unique flavours to the blend. The trellised vines average age is between 14 and 16 years. Fermented dry in stainless steel tanks with three pump overs per day. Maturation was done with 20% of the wine in French oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle closed with a screw cup. In the glass, the wine is an opaque bright bloodplum in colour. The aromas are followed by the palate with bright fruited blackcurrants, mulberries and roadside brambles. Generous palate, good in the middle and then a long aftertaste. A wine made for now drinking.
The Spier Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is an easy drinker, some say this is an insult, but who would make a wine hard to drink? It is the bottle you might have after dinner with a bar of dark good chocolate while settling the affairs of the world. It is a perfect partner to the classical Sunday Roast Lunch. It also works with a well-made mid-week supper like a tomato bredie or some excellent sausage off the braai.
You will find my Lamb & Tomato bredie recipe – HERE
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