Spier 21 Gables Pinotage
Top 100 SA Wines 2018 – Double Gold
Tim Atkin Annual South African Report 2018 – 93 points
Veritas Wine Awards 2018 – Gold
TERROIR / SOIL:
Soil: Decomposed granite
Temperature: winter 10° – 17°C; summer 14° – 28°C
Annual rainfall: ±450mm
Proximity to ocean: 7km
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Dryland vineyards overlooking False Bay on the southern side of Stellenbosch yielded the fruit for this unique wine. The decomposed granite soils assist with water retention as it contains a high proportion of clay.
Grapes were harvested by hand (to minimise damage to the berries) and chilled before bunch sorting. After de-stemming, the berries were hand sorted to remove raisins, pink berries and large berries. Partial natural fermentation took place in stainless steel; the balance was inoculated with a particular yeast strain. Free-run wine was drained to a combination of first and second fill French, American and Hungarian oak barrels where it matured for 18 months. Barrel selections were conducted to ensure a balanced, cool-climate Pinotage with great complexity and ageing potential.
Flavours of caramelised black cherries, hints of dark spice and dark chocolate. The full palate’s smooth entry is followed by rich fruit and velvety tannins.
Serve with mature beef, venison, lamb and ostrich dishes with berry jus or strong cheese.