21 Gables Pinotage 2018 – Spier 1692.
“From Historic Cellars to Ruby Reds: The Tale of Spier’s ’21 Gables Pinotage'”
South African wines often evoke an image of sprawling vineyards set against a backdrop of majestic mountains, but very few can narrate a story that spans centuries and seamlessly melds the past with the present. The 2018 ’21 Gables Pinotage’ by Spier Winery does precisely that, and its tale is as rich as the wine it yields.
About the Winery
Spier Wine Farms’ story began in 1692 when a visionary German colonist, Arnout Jans, laid its foundation. Jans not only established the winery but was also the force behind the first vine plantations. With the remnants of the original cellar still standing tall, it stands as a testament to one of Stellenbosch’s most ancient winemaking heritages.
Over the centuries, Spier has not only preserved its history but has also embraced evolution and innovation. The winery has seen extensive expansion in terms of hectares under vine and is now recognized as one of the most forward-thinking estates in Stellenbosch. The wines’ exceptional quality is ensured under the expert guidance of Johan Jordaan, the present-day winemaker. Committed to nature and the environment, Spier has adopted a wholly biological approach to winemaking, ensuring the purity of flavor and integrity of the wine.
About the Wine Region
Stellenbosch, nestled between imposing mountain ranges and the azure waters of False Bay, is the jewel of South Africa’s wine-producing crown. This region is characterized by its Mediterranean climate, with wet winters and dry, warm summers – an ideal environment for viticulture.
The diverse terroir of Stellenbosch, ranging from sandy soils in the valleys to decomposed granite on the hillsides, lends itself to the production of a variety of wine styles. Over the years, Stellenbosch has garnered an impeccable reputation for its red wines, especially those crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and of course, Pinotage.
About the Grape Variety
Born from the union of Pinot Noir and Cinsault in the early 1920s, Pinotage is undeniably South African and captures the robustness of Cinsault and the elegance of Pinot Noir.
This blue grape, unique to its origin, ripens early in the season, offering a bountiful yield and showcasing a remarkable resilience against diseases.
Wines made from Pinotage can range from light and fruity to bold and full-bodied, often showcasing notes of red and dark fruits, spices and a hint of smokiness, roasted coffee and earthiness.
Pinotage has become a symbol of South Africa’s distinctive winemaking heritage, representing the country’s ability to innovate and create something truly its own. Beyond its fruit-driven profile, this grape variety symbolizes South Africa’s winemaking prowess and innovation, standing as a testament to the country’s dedication to creating distinctive wines.
About the Wine
The 2018 ’21 Gables Pinotage’ is a delightful reflection of both the terroir of Stellenbosch and the expertise of Spier Wine Farms. Gazing upon its deep ruby red hue is like looking into the soul of South African terroir. The wine offers an intense melange of flavors, where dark, luscious black fruits collide with aromatic spices and rich chocolate notes.
On the nose, this wine is immediately inviting with a bouquet of ripe cherries, plums, and a subtle hint of tobacco and spice. The palate is an elegant dance of flavors, showcasing dark fruits and a touch of vanilla, framed by well-integrated tannins.
Its complexity is beautifully balanced with a velvety texture, culminating in a lingering finish that beckons for another sip. This Pinotage is a true testament to the potential of this unique grape variety when grown in optimal conditions and crafted with care.
The wine’s tannins are its storytellers – soft, gentle, and inviting, making each sip an easy and enjoyable affair. Such a wine commands a pairing that complements its robust character. Imagine savoring it alongside a succulent cut of venison or lamb. And for those daring to take a gastronomic adventure, pairing this Pinotage with ostrich meat would be an African culinary journey worth embarking on.
The ’21 Gables Pinotage’ is a story of South African winemaking – from the rich history of Spier Wine Farms, the terroir-driven nuances of the Stellenbosch region, to the innovative spirit captured in the Pinotage grape. It is a wine that resonates with heritage, quality, and passion. We award this piece of South African heritage with a 93-point DWA score.
The 2018 ’21 Gables Pinotage’ by Spier Wine Farms was reviewed by our own Jorick Wimmers and provided to us by Wines of South Africa and Pitch PR, in celebration of World Pinotage Day. Spier Wines are imported in the Netherlands by Vinites and available through selected partners in retail and hospitality.
Taste date: October 2023
Score: 93/100 DWA Score
Website: Spier Winery