Cellar Master Frans Smit handcrafts these wines with as little interference as possible. Natural fermentation occurs within a combination of open-top fermenters, French oak barrels and ceramic eggs to express the true essence and terroir of Spier.
The Spier Werf Cellar will process up to 15 tons of organic grapes from Spier, and also has a temperature controlled barrel maturation room behind a glass wall so that passers-by will be able to see our winemaking team in action.
Spier Cellar Master Frans Smit is excited about the first harvest of grapes for the three planned Estate wines. First to be harvested is the Shiraz which will go into a complex rosé that will be naturally fermented in new oak barrels and ceramic eggs. There will also be a Chenin Blanc and a red blend.
“Our aim is to make really good wine in a simple and natural way. I look forward to creating unique, handcrafted wines in this small volume cellar,” Frans says.
Going organic does not happen overnight - Spier started the organic conversion process in 2008 and was certified in 2015. 432ha of the 620ha Spier farm is farmed organically, while simultaneously rehabilitating the rest of our farm through soil enriching programmes.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ORGANIC?
- Very simply put, organic wines are produced with organically grown grapes. It is a way of farming that views the vineyard as a living ecological system, rejecting the use of herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and fertilisers.
- Organic wines are set apart by the level of sulphur-dioxide (SO2) in the wine. This needs to be less than 100 ppm sulfites (conventional wine = 160 ppm)
WHAT IS AN ESTATE WINE?
An estate wine is made entirely from grapes grown, made and bottled on the farm—it never leaves the farm during fermentation, aging, or bottling.
EXCLUSIVE TO THE SPIER WINE SHOP
The Farm House range of organic wines - the Farm House Chenin Blanc 2016, Rosé 2016 and Straw Wine 2015 - is exclusively available from our Wine Shop.
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