Spier Creative Block 3 Rhone Blend 2018

Tasting Notes

Winery: Spier
Varietal: Red Blend
SKU: SPICREBL32018 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Spier Creative Block 3 2018



4 ½  Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Rhone-style blend, shiraz with 2 others, mainly French oak, 16 months, which 18 (93 pts) carries with aplomb: spicy, smoky, charcuterie nuances alongside plush dark fruit. There’s musculature for long ageing under the curvaceous body. Well crafted.

91 pts Tim Atkin MW 20 22

Creative Block 3 is an SMV blend, produced from Syrah with 5% Mourvèdre and 1% co-fermented Viognier skins. Sweet, smoky and toasty, with a mix of 50% new French and American oak, it has bramble, blackberry and white peach flavours, good structure and a hint of dried coconut. 2023-28



Winemaker Notes

94% Shiraz / 5% Mourvèdre / 1% Viognier

Subtle perfumed notes of violets, black cherry and mulberry are followed by spicy flavours of black pepper and fennel. The silky, rich mid-palate is complemented with concentrated fruit and dense, silky tannins.

The 2018 growing season started with below-average rainfall in the growing regions. Although the average temperatures remained ideal
for spring and early summer, the lower water levels in the soils resulted in small berries with concentrated acidity and tannin. Selective foliage
management exposed the grapes to more sun to enhance skin thickness for higher extraction and intensity.

Grapes were harvested by hand before de-stemming to stainless-steel tanks. Fermentation took up to two weeks. Free run wine was racked to
barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation in 90% French and 10% American oak 300L barrels (50% first fill, 50% second fill), for 16 months. The varietals were fermented and matured separately to develop the unique characteristics and express the terroir accurately. Selective tasting from the barrels determined the composition of the blend of this Rhône style blend. The result shows harmony between the three varietals and the ultimate balance between fruit, palate volume, oak extract and tannin

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