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Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2018

Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2018


A South African gem, Pinotage is starting to enjoy a well- deserved wave of appreciation. I love it for its energy and food versatility. Barrel matured to perfection, this Pinotage is bright with prosperity. Like a dancer on a stage, it is structured yet graceful and will last beyond the decade. Time and tannin make great wine.


SKU: SPI-002
Alcohol Volume: 14.69%
Sugar G/L: 3.7 g/l
Winery: Spier Wines
Type of wine: Red Wine
Cultivar: Pinotage
Food Pairing: Meat

More Information

In the cellar

When it comes to Pinotage, we picked on taste, waiting for the tannins to soften. We also harvested at staggered picking dates, encouraging complexity. When harvest began, we handpicked and pre-cool the fruit before destemming. The berries were individually sorted to remove raisins, pink and large berries. Partial (15%) natural fermentation took place in stainless steel while the balance was inoculated with specific yeast strains. To create complexity and layers, ten different fermentation batches of this wine took place in the cellar. Free-run wine was then drained to a combination of first (about 70%) and second fill French, American and Hungarian oak barrels, where it matured for 20 months. Barrel selection was conducted resulting in a balanced, cool climate Pinotage with great complexity and ageing potential.

In the vineyard

We source Stellenbosch mountain fruit grown in decomposed granite. This ancient soil retains water very well due to the high proportion of clay on-site, reducing the need for irrigation. These 15-year-old vines overlook False Bay on the Southern side, enjoying moderate temperatures. The cool evenings encourage concentrated acidity and tannins in the smaller berries.


This wine drinks well now but the flavours and bouquet will develop beautifully over the next five to ten years if stored in the correct conditions.



Food Pairing

Pair a powerful wine with a big dish. Think sumac-dusted ostrich fillet, barbecued lamb chops or venison fillet. For a vegetarian option, serve with a rich and cheesy eggplant parmigiana.

Awards and Recognition

2023 Absa Top 10 Pinotage

Platter's Wine Guide 2022 - 4.5 Stars (94)
Tim Atkin 2021 Report - 91 Points
Decanter World Wine Awards 2021
GoldMundus Vini 2021 - 87 Points

About the Wine Estate

Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692. While rooted in this heritage, Spier has a vibrant and conscious energy, home to one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art. Spier’s wines are among the most awarded in the South Africa. Visitors to the Stellenbosch-based farm can enjoy these paired with wholesome delicious food – made with ingredients sourced either from the farm or trusted, nearby farmers. The Spier Hotel and meeting facilities offer inspiring winelands getaways in the tranquility of nature.

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