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Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc Private Collectiontext
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16½/20

Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc Private Collection 2017

Tygerberg, Coastal Region, South AfricaFrom the hills of Tygerberg outside Cape Town, this vineyard is planted to 35 year-old vines that are dry farmed and grown on Malmesbury shale. It's a riper, more powerful style, in contrast to Spier's Signature Chenin Blanc, with baked apple and honeyed tropical fruits. This wine also sees some oak, but it's deftly integrated and not as pronounced as one would expect from 60% new French barriques. Medium-full bodied, it's quite broad and round, but with enough freshness to balance the 14.3% abv. Fourteen months in barrel has given this dry chenin some nutty oxidative development, also apparent with the golden colour, and I would be tempted to enjoy it over the short term.Tasted: 01 May 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 35.00 BCLS Producer: SpierDistributors: Whitehall Premium Wines & Spirits
Grape: Chenin BlancCSPC: 260646UPC: 819457001047