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Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc

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Here we have one of the top shelf whites from Spier that has seen some generous oak. It’s a fuller, rounder style of chenin blanc that shows smells of ripe stone fruits, sweet citrus and toasted vanilla on the nose, whilst the palate is full and lush, with plush fruit flavours, a touch of creaminess, and a kick of orange rind on the rich, smooth finish. This could stand up to roast pork with sauerkraut.

Winemaker's Notes

Vineyard: Dry land, semi-trellised 40 year old vines yielded the grapes for this wine. The fruit was harvested in three parcels, beginning March, at a yield of 6 tons per hectare. 

Winemaking: Grapes were hand-harvested in 10kg lug boxes and pre-cooled beforehand sorting, destemming and crushing. Skin contact was limited to 4 hours and the free run juice drained off to settle overnight before inoculation. The fermentation took place in 400 litre barrels. The wine matured for 14 months in French barrels, 46% new and 54% second fill.


Appearance: Pale gold with lemon-rind colour rim.

Nose: Soft aromas of dried apricots with an oak and vanilla undertow on the nose.

Palate: White fleshed peaches, almond paste and windfall oranges on the palate.

Food: Crisp pork belly, duck breast with honey and spices or pickled fish.

Alcohol: 14.1%

GI: South Africa: East facing Vineyards from the cool Tygerberg Hills.




Awards and Accolades


Double Gold - Veritas 2014

Gold - Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2014

Silver - International Wine and Spirits competition 2014

Bronze - 17th Japan Wine Challenge 2014

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