What I Drank Last Night
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SAA Wine Awards 2014


South African Airways recently announced the winners of its annual wine awards arising out of its onboard wine selection for 2013. The winners were: White Wine: Spier Creative Block 2 2012 Red Wine: Provenance Rooi 2011 (Saronsberg) Mèthode Cap … [Read more...]

Spier Frans K Smit 2004

Brawn AND brains.

Last night the 2004 vintage Frans K Smit, the ultra-premium offering from Spier in Stellenbosch. 15% abv according to the back label and usually such a high alcohol is cause for trepidation – what’s in the bottle typically too powerful to provide … [Read more...]

Spier Creative Block 8 2010

Eight is enough.

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 … [Read more...]

Allan Mullins My Song White 2012

Allan Mullins My Song White 2012

At WineX last night, the chance to taste the two new ultra-premium wines bearing the name of Woolworths wine selector Allan Mullins. Allan Mullins My Song White 2012: 17/20 Price: R169 50% Sauvignon Blanc from Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch, 50% … [Read more...]

Spier Frans K Smit 2006

Bit of a bruiser.

Spier is all of a sudden less Sun International and more Heath Nash, proving that you can be tourist oriented without being a tourist trap. On Friday, we ate at “Eight” or at least on the lawns in front of Spier’s farm-to-table restaurant. “Eight” is … [Read more...]

Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2011


Spier’s Johan Jordaan is this year’s Diners Club Winemaker of the Year, his Creative Block 5 2009 judged best overall out of 110 entires in the featured category of Bordeaux-style red blends. Matthew van Heerden won the title Young Winemaker of the … [Read more...]