“We’re trying to pick slightly earlier to preserve some of the fresher, grassier flavours,” says Frans Smit, Spier’s Cellar Master. “The Sauvignon Blanc grapes have lots of flavour and are showing more maturity with lower sugar, which means that this year’s white wines alcohol levels will probably be lower than 2016.”
The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir picked for Spier’s Signature Methodé Cap Classique are also looking great. In addition to more white grapes, the next varietal to enter the wine press will be the Pinotage.
Rain and shine
“Rainfall has been similar this year to last year,” Frans says. “We had a very dry spring and early summer. Two weeks ago we received about 40ml across most grape-growing areas which has been a big plus.”
Frans predicts a similar yield to last year.
“The fruit’s looking really good – there haven’t been any health issues, such as rot. The reds have a bit more energy in the vines compared to last year. This should hopefully mean slightly better acidity and a better balanced analysis.”