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Winery of the Week: Spier

Restoration and development of this historic, extensive and internationally recognised estate outside Stellenbosch since purchase by the Enthoven family in 1993 has been carefully planned, and executed with a joyful embracing of art and culture, including culinary culture through an emphasis on local sourcing and wholesomeness via organic and vegan produce; fostering of creators and creativity across many forms of expression; provision of top-flight hospitality facilities; and strongly accenting sustainability and social responsibility. And royally entertaining and victualling visitors in a beautiful park-like riverside setting. Like the bountiful guest offering, the wine portfolio has the indulgent lavishness of an 11-course meal, with every predilection catered for, and every stylistic, lifestyle, packaging and planet-saving direction well and truly covered. The fact that numberless moving parts end up in delicious, expressive, focused and very often stellar bottles - note the haul of five maximum ratings this edition, repeating last year's remarkable performance - has much to do with the quality of the leadership of Cape Winemakers Guild member Frans Smit, winemaker here since inception and cellarmaster for well over a decade. As Frans confers the cellar captaincy on his protégée, Johan Jordaan, and goes in to bat as MD, we take pleasure in recognising him and his five-star team with one of our guide's three highest accolades, Editor's Award Winery of the Year.


Spier Albariño 2021

(88 pts)

Ideology range
Category: Albariño

Iberian variety, one of few local bottlings. Single parcel on Stellenbosch Hills, 2021 preview shows pear & winter melon, nothing overt, held together by salty acidity to form a complete whole: subtle, finessed. Something different. More Old World than New. More 

Wine tasted by Christine Rudman.


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Spier Brut 2018

(87 pts)

Méthode Cap Classique range
Category: Sparkling, Méthode cap classique, white, dry

Classic 60/40 chardonnay, pinot noir sparkling, small portion oaked, 24 months on lees. 2018 sleek & dry, lemon, grapefruit flavours, red berry nuance, vibrantly fresh palate & finish. Stellenbosch WO. More 

Wine tasted by Christine Rudman.


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Spier Brut RD 2013

(95 pts)

Méthode Cap Classique range
Category: Sparkling, Méthode cap classique, white, dry

84 months on lees, 2013 disgorged November 2020. Near-equal chardonnay & pinot noir, tiny portion oaked; fine mousse, bruised apple & brioche, other layers, showing the lees & maturity effect. The surprise is the freshness: still vibrant, in perfect condition. Last was 2009 (4.5 stars, 93 pts). More 

Wine tasted by Christine Rudman.


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Spier Brut Rosé 2019

(88 pts)

Méthode Cap Classique range
Category: Sparkling, Méthode cap classique, rosé, dry

From pinot noir, 2019 sparkler proclaims its Elgin cool-climate provenance in the freshness of its styling: just-picked strawberries, some herbal notes, minerality. Sparks with life & vitality, finishes perfectly dry. 14 months on lees. More 

Wine tasted by Christine Rudman.


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Spier Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

(82 pts)

Signature range
Category: Cabernet sauvignon

Cassis & plum for this lightly oaked 2020, a gentle savoury overlay adding to the attraction. Smooth, nice fresh flavour note. WO W Cape, as rest. More 

Wine tasted by Christine Rudman.


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Spier Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

(94 pts)

21 Gables range
Category: Cabernet sauvignon

Special Helderberg site with granite & clay soils for small berry development; allows 26-month oaking without masking the fruit. Vivid cassis, 2018’s spice array throughout, but the tannins show cellar mastery, lithe muscle tone for ageing. Also 1.5L, as next 2. More 

Wine tasted by Christine Rudman.


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Spier Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

(84 pts)

Seaward range
Category: Cabernet sauvignon

Combo French & American wood, 14 months (as next), contributes to 2019’s smoky, meaty character, though there’s no shortage of fruit. Supple tannin for food matching, some ageing. More 

Wine tasted by Christine Rudman.


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Spier Chardonnay 2021

(84 pts)

Signature range
Category: Chardonnay wooded

Only small portion oaked, 2021 is about the fruit, mainly citrus, especially grapefruit. Gentle biscuit tone makes it food friendly; nice brisk finish. More 

Wine tasted by Christine Rudman.


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Spier Chardonnay-Pinot Noir 2021

(82 pts)

Signature range
Category: Rosé dry

Popular blend, near-equal in 2021 rosé, which shows lovely berry fragrance & flavours from the red fruit, while retaining chardonnay’s freshness, hint of citrus. More 

Wine tasted by Christine Rudman.


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