Spier Creative Block 5 2017
A muscular heart-throb who will only get better with age, much like Brad Pitt 😉
Deep ruby red colour. The bouquet opens with blackberry, dark cherry and blackcurrant fruit aromas, supported by hints of cedar, dark chocolate and fennel. The vibrant palate is dominated by flavours of blackcurrant and dark chocolate. Dry and full-bodied, with a beautiful balance and dense tannins.
A blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc. Sourced from vineyards in the coastal regions, specifically Groenekloof (Darling) and Stellenbosch. The soils and terroir of the vineyards consist of decomposed granite with clay subsoil situated between 7–20 kilometres from the cold Atlantic Ocean.
The grapes were hand-harvested, pre-cooled, de-stemmed and individually sorted. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks for up to 3 weeks. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place in 300L French oak barrels for 18 months (60% first fill, 40% second fill). Each varietal is crafted separately before blending to address their unique requirements and enable them to reach their peak potential. The wine is tasted from the barrels to determine when it reaches its most harmonious and balanced composition.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 93 points
Like Creative Block 3, albeit in a very different style, this uses fruit from Groenekloof and Stellenbosch and is a stylishly integrated cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon with 52% Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Scented, poised and elegant, it has fine tannins, subtle 60% new wood and a core of leafy cassis and plum fruit. 2022-29.