The Spesiale is 2 barrels of 100% 20-day skin contact Chenin blanc from younger (17 year old) Paardeberg vineyards. No sulphur added at all, no fining or filtering and certainly no yeast! The wine was left in old French oak barrel for 15 months before bottling, only topped up and nothing added during elevage. Pretty straight forward stuff to be honest.
The “Spesiale” will be a label that will highlight the Smiley components individually or allow us to be even more experimental with small batch releases. Only 650 bottles made
Tasting notes: mandarin, clove, aniseed, ginger, cedar wood, Szechuan peppercorns and jasmine on the nose – plenty of spice and citrus intertwined. On the palate the wine has fine tannins from the skin contact, with a long dry finish. For food pairings we recommend Asian orientated cuisine such as Indian or Thai curry dishes as the wine complements the spice, heat and fragrant flavours. Drink now – this is a no sulphur wine not intended for long ageing. 12.5% ABV
Tim James on the Spesiale: “And quite remarkable, characterful stuff it proved to be when I tasted it amongst the line-up of skin-contact wines assembled by Angela Lloyd earlier this year (reported on here). My note on the aromas simply says “extraordinary!”. A very forceful wine, with little fruitiness, and nothing like mere charm; clean, bone dry, with a firm grip from tannin and acidity; the nuttiness and austerity reminded me of an amontillado sherry” – read the full article here: https://winemag.co.za/tim-james-natural-wines-and-complex-blends/
The wine is only available directly from the cellar via Samantha – firstname.lastname@example.org or at Publik Wine Bar in Cape Town.
The wine will be available in limited quantities in the UK, Norway, Sweden, Japan and China.