First Stone Organic Red Blend
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First Stone Organic Red Blend

Spier First Stone is a single red blend of 60% merlot and 40% cabernet sauvignon, crafted according to the highest standards of quality expected from Cellar Master Frans Smit. It is named after the giant, ancient granite boulders dotting the banks of the Eerste River that flows through Spier farm. After 24 months of ageing, the wines are tasted and blended.

TASTING NOTE:
Notes of dark cherries, and an abundance of cassis and fennel with hints of allspice. The palate is rich, complex and balanced with a savoury, elegant finish. This wine will benefit from ageing.

SERVE WITH:
Beef entrecote with truffle mushroom and roasted vegetables.

APPEARANCE:
Medium to deep ruby red with a vibrant ruby hue

ANALYSIS:

Alc:

14.76 % vol

TA:

5.6 g/L

RS:

3.4 g/L

pH:

3.62

WINEMAKER:
Johan Jordaan

ORIGIN:
Stellenbosch

VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
15- to 17-year-old trellised vines growing on deep, structured, decomposed granite soils with a high percentage of clay that ensures good water retention and minimal supplementary irrigation. A vertical trellis system allows for optimal disease and pest management as required by the organic ethos. It also facilitates optimal sunlight and air penetration for the optimal phenolic development of the fruit.

WINEMAKING:

Grapes were hand-picked at optimal ripeness. After a meticulous selection to eliminate unwanted, shrivelled or underripe berries, the fruit was crushed to stainless steel tanks. A combination of natural and cultured yeast is used to ferment the grapes over a period of 18 days. Free-run wine was barrelled down for maturation in French oak barrels: 55% first fill with the rest second and third. After 24 months of ageing, the wines were tasted and blended. Download 2016 DOWNLOAD 2015

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