Cape Winemakers Guild Frans K. Smit 2013

A royal berry red with ruby red on the rim. A discernable blackcurrant and dark fruit presence on the palate, with the barest traces of cigar box.
You can almost taste the tannins in this blend. They’re firm and assertive, but also rounded, sweet, soft and very amiable.

This blend is good with matured beef ribeye steak or game fillet like Eland. Season and barbeque on a hot fire, then cut into medallions and add a splash of olive oil.

variety : Shiraz | 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc
winery : Spier Wine Farm
winemaker : Frans K Smit
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.62 % vol  rs : 3.1 g/l  pH : 3.60  ta : 5.7 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

2018 Platters 5*
2015 - FKS 2009 won 4.5 stars at John Platter & FKS 2011
2015 - Wine makers guild Winemakers Guild Auction Reserve won 5 stars at John Platter

ageing : PEAK DRINKING: 10 years after harvest

‘2013 was a great vintage. The mild season allowed the fruit to mature for longer and develop excellent flavour concentration and well-balanced, velvety tannins. Hailing from the Stellenbosch Helderberg, 600 bottles were produced from this site - by far the best South African terroir for this style of red blend. Matured for 4 years before release, this wine has the makings of a long-distance runner.’
- Frans K Smit, Cellar Master, Spier

Frans Smit and his winemaking team have harnessed 3 centuries of winemaking history,
transforming Spier from a small cellar in the Eighties into a top award-winning Stellenbosch producer.
Crafting blends of distinction, and identifying regional vineyards that are some of the Capes best kept secrets.
‘Respect what the vineyard hands you’ is his mantra.
FKS: ‘This wine has the long-legged capacity to be a big future player. It’s a rare pleasure to uncork the
occasional bottle. Every time, I’m amazed. Although big and structured, this wine has a gentle alter ego.
The tannins aren’t hard – they leave a subtle, sweet sensation. It’s thanks to the terroir, really. The fruit
hails from the Helderberg ΜΆ by far the best South African terroir for this style of red blend.’

in the vineyard : FKS: The benign west- and northwest-facing slopes of the Helderberg is the place where all the vines
were grown, and all within a 10km radius. Decomposed granite soils retain water well, allowing for slow
ripening and heightened mineral complexity. The area benefits from the cooling effect of the nearby Atlantic.
FKS: ‘The season was also beautifully mild. So the fruit matured without any necessity to pick in a hurry,
developing excellent flavor concentration and velvety tannins.’

in the cellar : FKS: ‘We worked every inch of these vineyard blocks, putting so much time and care-taking into each vine row.
Our team was constantly in attendance. Making a wine that yields this kind of character is labour intensive.
After hand-picking and carefully packing the berries into small 10kg lugs, they were then sorted by hand,
crushed and pumped into a 500L roller barrel. Fermentation and post-fermentation took place in
these barrels, where the juice remained on the lees for 3 – 6 weeks, or until I was
100% satisfied with the tannin levels. We then racked and transferred the wine
to small French Oak barrels for maturation to begin.’

Maturation:
‘Malolactic fermentation took place in the small French oak barrels, followed by an extended period of
maturation. Around 24 months after picking, I made selections from these already well-rounded blends.
They were then returned to the barrel for a further 6-8 months, before the final barrel selection
– the big moment when we get to pick the best of the bunch.’

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