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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
by Christian
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Jordan Reserve Collection Unoaked Chardonnay 2015

Rebecca Constable, wine product developer for Woolworths, says there are three key attributes to the retailer’s offering: 1) what’s on offer is often award winning; 2) the retailer works closely with the producer in line with their “Meet the makers” campaign and 3) provenance matters. In an effort to illustrate this, a showcase of eight […]

November 18, 2015
by Christian
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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 winners

Results of the second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 145 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Aeternitas Wines 2010 Price: R120 Boutinot Tea Leaf 2014 Price: R74 DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014 Price: R210 […]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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Spier Frans K Smit 2009

Stylistic trends may well be overtaking the Frans K Smit, the top-end red blend from Spier. Maiden vintage being 2004, the winemaking approach has always been particularly brazen with highly concentrated fruit and lashings of new oak and this worked for a while with both the 2005 and 2006 being rated 5 Stars in Platter’s. […]

June 4, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Describing character trumps scoring

Seems to be wine competition season again – which I’m not involved in, beyond curmudgeonly comment from the sidelines – but also looming is the task of tasting for the 2016 Platter’s Guide, in which I am involved. That’s a rather different process, but sharing the tricky job of rating wines. The 100-point system is […]

May 18, 2015
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Spier Ideology Sauvignon Blanc 2012

A range of small-batch, experimental wines from Spier have started to appear under the “Ideology” label and I recently tasted to of them. Tasting notes and scores below: Spier Ideology Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Price: R132 W.O. Elim. Spontaneous fermentation and barrel matured. The nose shows yellow apple and honey plus some savoury undertones and this […]

December 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Spier Creative Block 2 2013 vs 2014

Jacques Erasmus of Spier won Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in the category dry white blends with the 2014 vintage of his Creative Block 2 2014 but apparently the 2013 was also a finalist and in fact the wine that Erasmus and his winemaking colleagues thought was more likely to find favour with the […]

December 19, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2013

All the wines in the top-end 21 Gables range from Spier are designed to ravish rather than seduce. Tasting the current-releases again yesterday, I thought the Chenin Blanc 2013 was the most successful. From Tygerberg grapes, it has an abv of 14.5% and was matured for 14 months in 400-litre barrels, 75% new. On the […]

December 19, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments
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