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SA wine corporates in the spotlight

“It’s one thing to make 4 000 litres of high quality wine and another altogether to make 40 000 litres,’ observed Spier cellarmaster Frans Smit before a tasting of top-end Chenin Blanc and Pinotage as made by South Africa’s big wine companies, these being Bellingham The Bernard Series from DGB, Fleur du Cap Unfiltered from […]

December 14, 2015
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Interview: Frans Smit of Spier

From the August issue of Business Day WANTED: Now 42, Frans Smit, cellarmaster of Spier is the original over-achiever. An instructing officer at the Luhatla army battle school for three years before signing up at Elsenburg agricultural college to study viticulture and oenology, he graduated top of his class in 1995 while also playing for […]

August 4, 2014
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Spier Creative Block 8 2010

Spier Creative Block 8 2010 (R115 a bottle from the tasting room) is a blend of 30% Pinotage, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Barbera and 2% Viognier.  Cellarmaster Frans Smit and assistant red winemaker Tania Kleintjies are somewhat bemused that it didn’t perform better at last year’s Perold […]

January 17, 2013
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