2018 Spier Estate Rhone Blend Creative Block 3
The Spier Estate Rhone Blend Creative Block 3 is a blend of the typical Rhone grapes Shiraz (81%), Mourvèdre (16%) and Viognier (3%). The wine is deep cherry red with a seductive, complex and warm scent with hints of violets and cherries, pepper, wonderfully broad, open and soft. The taste is wonderfully pure and elegant, soft and juicy, fresh, tannins, some cream and above all seductive. The Spier Block 3 is a beautiful wine that can compete with great Rhone wines, but with a clearly better price.
The wines in Spier's Vintage Collection are among the very best produced here. They are special wines, not only because of the use of only the best grapes, but also because this series works with a few special blends, combinations of grape varieties that together can provide a special wine. In fact wines made in a sort of classic, 'French' style. This beautiful glass of wine, for example, is a blend of Rhone grapes, which reinforce each other perfectly. Shiraz gives it wonderful freshness and elegance; Mourvèdre gives it backbone and strength, Viognier is the finishing touch, enhancing the fruit and aromas of the other grapes. The grapes are planted on southwestern slopes to give them more freshness. They are harvested by hand, and then they undergo a short fermentation for a week at a fairly low temperature, to make an elegant wine. Open oak barrels and stainless steel are used for fermentation. The wine is then aged for 14 to 16 months in French and American oak barrels. With a wonderful result, pure and fine.
The roots of the house Spier go back to the early years of the colony on the Cape, in 1692. In that year the original farm in Stellenbosch was founded by the German settler Arnout Janz. He was also the one who realized that the soil was very suitable for viticulture, and planted the first vines. The first grapes were pressed, and the old cellar, built in 1767, is one of the Cape's oldest wineries and is still the proud property of the domain.
But much has changed since the beginning. Today, Spier is one of South Africa's most innovative wine companies, with a cellar that has been completely modernized and expanded in recent years to deliver on its great ambitions here. And in the same light, we must see the extension of the vineyard area by 100 hectares to a total of 400 hectares, with production increasing by 100,000 boxes, more than a million bottles. To realize the total production, grapes are also bought from other producers, but all under full control of the large team of experienced and talented winemakers from Spier, led by the chief winemaker, Frans Smit. The winemakers have learned and interned all over the world, in order to make high quality wines with their experiences.
But of course history has not been forgotten, and Spier still makes wines that are an expression of their own identity, wines of the highest quality. Frans Smit wants to make wines with depth, but also with an emphasis on the fruit. By making different series, the different types of wine lovers can enjoy the wines of this company. The wines under the label 'Discovery' and 'Colors' are for the wine drinkers who like to drink a smooth wine, with a lot of emphasis on the fruit. The terroir is particularly emphasized with the wines in the Private Collection. In recent years, millions have been invested in the winery to release it and to fully adapt it to the requirements of modern winemaking. In the air-conditioned cellars there are 4,500 barrels for maturing the wines.
Winemaking is an art according to the winemakers of Spier. The grapes for the Classic Range grow in specially selected vineyards, picked at optimal maturity and vinified in such a way that all characteristics of the wines are well preserved. Light wood maturation provides an elegant background alongside the fruit notes. The grapes of the Private Collection wines are hand selected in the old, single variety vineyards. After vinification, the wines are aged in French oak barrels. Only then will the final selection of the wines take place, because only the best wines may carry the designation 'Private Collection'. Witness the many awards that Spier has won with these wines.
In addition, a special visitor center has been built, where the wines can be tasted and bought, where a meal or a picnic can be enjoyed. And the whole is also equipped with a golf course and a four-star hotel. A special project from a special company.
|Type of Wine
|Mourvedre, Syrah-Shiraz, Viognier
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe