More elegant than Federer in a Wimbledon final, this silky Shiraz rosé — made with organic grapes grown at Spier — serves up abundant strawberry with hints of vanilla and pepper culminating in a dazzlingly fresh finish. We respectfully suggest ditching the Earl Grey: at teatime, this is a winner when doubled up with egg and watercress sandwiches or smoked salmon canapés. Game, set and match!
TASTING NOTEStrawberry and fresh raspberry aromas are supported by hints of vanilla, apricots and candy floss precede a strawberry palate dominated with notes of freshly crushed black pepper. A silky, full bodied rosé with a fresh finish.
John Platter Wine Guide 2021 - 4.5 stars
Smoked salmon or egg canapés, sushi, avocado tartare and mild cheeses.
WINEMAKER Tania Kleintjes
ORIGIN Coastal region
TERROIR / SOIL Mainly Escourt
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONSThe differences in altitude, aspect, solar radiation and wind exposure at the Spier Home Farm result in significant mesoclimate differences over a short distance. This, coupled with variations in soil (mainly Escourt), creates terroir that ensures full and complex wines with unique character and style.
WINEMAKINGOrganically grown Shiraz grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of the early morning using 8kg lug boxes in two intervals – to utilise the higher natural acidity found in grapes harvested at the beginning of the harvest period, as well as the fuller complexity of grapes harvested at a later stage. Hand sorting followed pre-cooling and the grapes were whole bunch pressed with no skin contact given. The natural yeast flora of the grapes completed the fermentation in a combination of French oak barrels and ceramic eggs in a temperature-controlled environment. A low-intervention approach was used throughout the winemaking process. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined and may deposit a natural sediment.