Spier The Yellowwood honours the indigenous yellowwood tree standing tall in the heart of Spier’s Werf (farmyard). The yellowwood is South Africa’s national tree, and a protected species. There are three wines in the range – a red blend, a white blend and a rosé.
39% Malbec / 29% Merlot / 15% Cabernet Sauvignon / 10% Shiraz / 7% Petit Verdot
Notes of pomegranate, cassis and red cherries with a fruit- and spice-laden palate. Fine tannin integration and fresh acidity give a lasting impression on the palate.
Wild mushroom risotto or crispy duck and roasted vegetables.
Medium ruby red with a vibrant hue
13.52 % vol
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Deep, fertile, decomposed granite soils with a high percentage of clay. These ancient soils have great water retention abilities but are supplemented with drip irrigation.
TERROIR / SOIL:
Trellised vines aged between 15 and 19 years are farmed to international organic standards. Foliage and weeds are managed mechanically, creating favourable conditions for natural protection from disease. This avoids the need for environmentally damaging chemicals.
Grapes were hand-picked at optimal ripeness. After a selection process to eliminate unwanted raisins and underripe berries, the fruit was crushed to stainless-steel tanks. A combination of natural and cultured yeast was used to ferment the grapes over 24 days. Free-run wine was barrelled down for maturation in French oak barrels (35% new and 75% second and third fill). After 16 months of ageing, the wines were tasted and blended.