Jacques Erasmus of Spier won Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in the category dry white blends with the 2014 vintage of his Creative Block 2 2014 but apparently the 2013 was also a finalist and in fact the wine that Erasmus and his winemaking colleagues thought was more likely to find favour with the judges.
Tasting the wines side by side yesterday, I find the 2014 more convincing as a blend. Tasting notes and scores as follows:
Spier Creative Block 2 2013
85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon.
Lime, fresh herbs and a gravel-road dustiness about it. Rather lean with really racy acidity and a touch of white pepper on the finish. It’s difficult to fault technically but presents more like a straight Sauvignon Blanc than anything else. Abv 13.34%, RS 2.8g/l, TA 6.3g/l, pH 3.36.
Spier Creative Block 2 2014
87% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Semillon.
Lime, white peach, hay and fynbos on the nose. Good concentration offset by tangy acidity. More texture and breadth on the palate and hence gives greater pleasure than the 2013 but still a bit difficult to believe that this is the most complex white blend the Diners Club panel could find. Abv 13.69%, RS 3.2/l, TA 6.2g/l, pH 3.47.