“Pinotage is a varietal with a uniquely South African provenance — and we’re passionate about crafting the best wine we can from this grape. We’re delighted that our efforts have been recognised,” says Frans Smit, Spier’s cellar master.
Spier’s flagship 21 Gables range is a celebration of the farm’s winemaking heritage, which dates back to the late 1600s. The range’s Pinotage has developed a tradition of winning awards — the 2011 vintage won gold medals at this year’s Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and Decanter World Wine Awards, as well as the Best Pinotage Trophy at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The 2012 vintage has also had a strong international showing, garnering silver medals at this year’s Concours Mondial and the International Wine Challenge.
The hand-picked grapes used to make Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2012 are predominantly sourced from Stellenbosch – which has a balanced, cooler climate because of its proximity to the sea. Having great complexity and ageing potential, the wine embraces the elegant, concentrated side of Pinotage without being too fruity on the nose. It has flavours of caramelised black cherries, hints of dark spice and dark chocolate. The palate has a smooth entry; fruit and velvety tannins balance the wine to ensure a full palate experience. It’s best accompanied by mature beef, venison, lamb and ostrich dishes with berry jus or strong cheese.