The two gold winners were Spier Creative Block 3 2010, a Rhône-style red blend created from Shiraz, Mourvedre and Viognier, and Spier Creative Block 5 2011, a Bordeaux-style red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Inspired by a Spier-supported arts project, the wines were two of only 39 gold and gold outstanding medals awarded to South African wines at this year’s competition.
The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969. It judges wines from almost 90 countries, and its rigorous judging process includes blind tasting of all wines. Those which reach a certain score are sent for chemical analysis.
Spier’s medal winners are:
- Spier Creative Block 3 2010
- Spier Creative Block 5 2011
- Savanha Naledi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
- Spier Creative Block 2 2012
- Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2012
- Spier Groote Kaap Viognier 2012
- Spier Vintage Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012
- Savanha Naledi Merlot 2010
- Spier North Bank Malbec 2012
- Savanha Naledi Pinotage 2010
- The Spier Groote Kaap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 was awarded bronze.