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art The singing stones of Spier.
harvest Celebrating the season’s bounty.
wine Frans K. Smit: taste a legend.
EVENTS From Father’s Day to old vintage releases, discover what’s happening on the farm this season.
THE SPIER SPINE Discover heritage, art and nature on the newly restored walkway which now links the Spier Werf, our farm’s historic heart, with our Hotel and Tasting Room.
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THE SINGING STONES OF SPIER INTRODUCING JENNA BURCHELL’S REMARKABLE NEW ART INSTALLATION
Artist Jenna Burchell has transformed twelve ancient rocks into interactive sound sculptures, which have been installed along the dam at Spier’s wine tasting room. The collections in the three part series are named after three geographic locations where rare and significant prehistoric events occurred: The Cradle of Humankind, Vredefort Dome, and the Great Karoo.
From the Karoo to the Cape
Burchell collected beautifully fractured rocks at these locations and repaired these following a method inspired by Kintsukuroi. This Japanese art and philosophy typically involves repairing an object (normally pottery) with lacquer mixed with gold, silver or platinum dust. The result acknowledges both its brokenness and repair, celebrating this as a part of the object’s history, not as a flaw that should be concealed. Songsmith (The Great Karoo) represents the Permian-Triassic Extinction when almost all of Earth’s species – land and sea – were lost around 260 million years ago. This dramatic event’s catastrophic volcanic activity left behind a ghost-like mark on the earth: a distinctive white rock bed (bleached by the volcanic ash) running for kilometres, like a chalk line, across the mountains of the Great Karoo. In March 2017, Burchell began walking from a farm near Matjiesfontein towards Laingsburg, following the extinction line where possible, searching for rocks using four selection criteria: · A rock must be found on or nearby the extinction line. · A rock must be naturally fractured in two or more pieces. · The fractured parts must become a single whole. · A rock must be beautiful in form once made whole. Over 30 rocks were collected and shipped to Burchell’s studio in Pretoria. A narroweddown selection of 12 were restored, their fragments bound together with gold seams.
Sculptures and artworks from the Spier Art Collection – one of the largest contemporary art collections in the country – can be found throughout the farm. Works are rotated every year to give exposure to as many artists as possible.
The installation at the Spier dam proportionately represents the geographical locations of where each rock was found along the extinction line. Each rock’s unique sound were generated from the raw electro-magnetic readings captured from beneath the rock’s original resting place. Embodying a place in time, the resulting sound sculpture sings of its creation and of the land wherein it has existed for millennia – connecting the listener in the present with the rock’s ancient significance.
Spier was awarded the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Chairman’s Premier Award in 2014 in recognition of its sustained and extraordinary commitment to the arts in South Africa. This award is made at the discretion of the BASA Chairman, and only during years when nominees are deemed exceptional.
HARVEST TIME CELEBRATING THE SEASON’S BOUNTY
The story of our wines begin in the vineyard. In late summer, only the very best grapes were picked with the same dedication and passion that marks a Spier harvest year after year. Caring for our harvesters
Every year , at harvest time, our team expands to include roughly 120 nonpermanent members. They play a crucial role in making sure our grapes are picked carefully and timeously. Over the course of the harvest they receive the following benefits: · A hat and shirt to protect against the late summer sun · On our Nooitgedacht farm, free sandwiches and fruit at the start of each day · Access to Spier’s wellness programme, which offers complimentary monthly clinic assistance · There is post-harvest training available to empower them with skills to manage their finances and help build confidence to seek out permanent employment. PAGE 3
FRANS K. SMIT: TASTE A LEGEND RAISE YOUR GLASS TO AN EXTRAORDINARY RED BLEND
The wines bearing the name of our cellar master, Frans K. Smit, pay tribute to this man’s great love of wine, his winemaking skill and his dedication to the process. Crafted in limited quantities, the Frans K. Smit 2012 is a complex and nuanced red blend.
Frans K. Smit Tasting : Visit our Tasting Room to enjoy the Frans K. Smit Tasting. For just R90, you’ll sample our flagship blend, along with our two premium wine ranges — Creative Block and 21 Gables.
It’s the only the second Merlot-based Frans K. Smit vintage since 2004. “When a Merlot yield is good, it’s king: my personal default choice,” says Frans. “2012 was brilliant for the varietal: it sings through the layers of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.” 2012 is a monster of a wine from the tiniest vintage that Frans has ever worked with: the six-year-old gave him just 6500 bottles. But although big and structured, this wine has a gentle alter ego. The tannins aren’t hard – they leave a subtle, sweet sensation. The fruit hails from the Helderberg – by far the best South African terroir for this style of red blend. There’s discernable blackcurrant and dark fruit presence on the palate, with the barest traces of cigar box.
CONGRATULATIONS ON HARVEST 2018
FIT FOR A KING FATHER’S DAY PAIRING
Pan-fried steak with creamy mushroom and green peppercorn sauce with the Frans K. Smit 2012 Red Blend With Father’s Day in June, it’s time to really spoil Dad. We’ve got the perfect combo: our magisterial flagship red blend, paired with steak. But don’t just buy any steak. Properly-aged pasture-reared beef tastes ten times better and you can be sure to get raving reviews without having to know too many tricks. With this mushroom and green peppercorn sauce, the steak becomes a dish fit for a king. This recipe serves four. Prep and cooking time takes 30 minutes. For the sauce:
· 60 ml butter · 15 ml olive oil · 400 g brown or portabellini or brown mushrooms, sliced · 30 ml green peppercorns (you should be able to find a jar of these in the pickled section of your supermarket) · 250ml fresh cream · Salt and pepper to taste For the steak:
· About 200 – 300g steak per person · 30ml olive oil · Salt and pepper to taste Method:
Make the sauce first: in a large, wide pan, heat the butter and olive oil over high heat. Fry the mushrooms until brown, then add the peppercorns and fry for another minute. Add the cream and let it bubble and reduce for about 3-5 minutes. Don’t let it reduce away completely. Season with salt and pepper and set aside, covered, until your steak is ready. For the steak: Heat an iron steak or griddle over high heat until smoking hot. While you’re waiting, brush the steaks on both sides with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Place the steaks in the hot pan and fry for 3 and a half minutes on each side for medium-rare (or to your liking). Remove and let it rest in a plate for three minutes. Serve hot, topped with the sauce, with or without salad and other sides. Serve with the very best: a glass of Spier Frans K Smit red blend.
AN AUTUMN ESCAPE FREE TIME ON THE FARM
It’s autumn and you’re invited! Instead of hibernating at home, join us on the farm and discover what #SPIERFREETIME is all about. Here in Stellenbosch, farm time is quality time. Time to pause, reflect and indulge. Get a pampering spa treatment. Tuck into farm-fresh food matched with delicious award-winning wine. Catch up with quality chats by the log fire, or wrap up and head out for farm walks filled with crisp air and crunchy leaves. Escape with your family, your dearest girlfriends, or your special someone. We guarantee you’ll make memories you’ll carry with you. Always.
Seeing is believing. And so we invited our friends, colleagues and customers to discover why Spier’s conferencing is different. How it’s about more than hosting memorable meetings in a beautiful setting. What’s just as important? Having a positive impact on the environment and our communities in everything we do. At Spier, it’s conferencing with a difference. A difference that’s helping to make a change.
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHTS: AUSTIN POWERS
Feast on a picnic whilst watching the spy action comedy film, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), on a big screen set against the backdrop of the majestic Stellenbosch Mountains. Time: Gates open at 18.00. Movie starts at 20.30 Place: The Spier Werf Cost: Movie ticket – R95/adult & R70/child
(includes pop-corn on arrival). Add a pre-booked picnic basket for R580 (serves 2 adults, and includes a bottle of Spier Signature wine. Does not include movie ticket). Regretfully no private picnics allowed. BOOK: www.webtickets.co.za
OLD VINTAGE RELEASE EVENING
The Old vintage Release Evening sees our winemakers sharing a number of Spier wines that have now reached optimal maturation. Enjoy an extraordinary selection of complex, intriguing and highly covetable wines that are at their best to be enjoyed now. Space is limited so booking is essential. Our Wine Club members will get first option to book. Time: 15.00 Place: Old Wine Cellar BOOK: firstname.lastname@example.org (booking essential;
Wine club members get preference)
MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH
Spoil mom with lunch at Eight, our acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Spier Méthode Cap Classique on arrival. Our harvest table offers a range of dishes all prepared with fresh, home-grown, seasonal ingredients sourced from our farm and nearby, trusted suppliers. Each mother will receive a special gift. Time: 12.30 Place: Eight Restaurant Cost: 480 per person,
R240 for children under 12 years
FATHER’S DAY LUNCH
Treat Dad to a farm-to-table feast at Eight restaurant. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Spier Méthode Cap Classique on arrival, then tuck into the bounty on our harvest table, which offers a range of hearty dishes all prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from our farm or nearby. Each Father will receive a special gift. Time: 12.30 Place: Eight Restaurant Cost: 480 per person,
R240 for children under 12 years
FOR MORE EVENT DETAILS VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.SPIER.CO.ZA/EVENTS
1 Songsmith (Great Karoo)
8 Artisan Studio
9 Eight Restaurant
6 Spier Mosaic Kraal
Wine Collection Point The Werf
13 Manor House Old Wine Cellar
Spier Hotel Restaurant & Wine Bar
Wastewater Treatment Plant
19 Spier Spa
14. THE HOGHOUSE BBQ & BAKERY
10. WERF CELLAR
6. Mosaic kraal
Witness our winemaking team in action at the Spier Werf Cellar as they handcraft Spier’s first estate wine, made from organic vineyards that grow on the Spier farm.
1. EAGLE ENCOUNTERS
The country’s first permanent outdoor exhibition of mosaic features the works of 16 contemporary South African artists – all crafted by the Spier Arts Academy.
11. SPIER FARM KITCHEN
Hoghouse Bakery & Café
At the Eagle Encounters raptor rehabilitation centre, get up close and personal with birds of prey, and find out how these magnificent animals keep the Spier farm healthy and balanced.
7. CRAFT MARKET
Spier Farm Kitchen
2. Songsmith (Great Karoo)
The wood-fired oven and bakery kitchen, located in the historical Jonkershuis on the Werf, serves fresh bread, pastries and treats – which can also be pre-ordered 48 hours in advance. Chef PJ Vadas’s barbeque-focused lunch and dinner menu includes flavoursome grass-fed beef, pork, lamb and free-roaming chicken supplied by Spier’s Farmer Angus, perfectly paired with Spier wine or Hoghouse’s craft ales. Contact: +27 (21) 881 3174 or email@example.com
Artist Jenna Burchell has transformed 12 ancient rocks from the Great Karoo into interactive sound sculptures that “sing” when you place a hand on them.
Surrounded by beautiful Cape Dutch Buildings, Spier’s historic farmyard - the Werf - has been meticulously restored.
13. MANOR HOUSE The 1822 historic Manor House has been extensively restored and three different meeting rooms are available. The building features artworks from the Spier Collection - one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art in the country.
Spier has an open air venue hosting artistic and corporate events with a capacity of 1100 people.
Conferencing includes an auditorium that seats 430 people and three breakaway rooms, which can be used separately, or combined, to seat 250 people. Conference rooms are adjacent to the Eerste River and have views of the Helderberg mountains. Contact: Conference@spier.co.za
16. CONSCIOUS CONFERENCING
Spier’s Old Wine Cellar is South Africa’s oldest dated cellar building (1767), and is used for conferences & private functions.
15. OLD WINE CELLAR
From fridge magnets to masterpieces, the Spier Craft Market, right next to our Tasting Room, offers a wide range of art and crafts, made with a diverse range of materials, including mosaic, beads, textiles and ceramics.
3. WINE TASTING
8. ARTISAN STUDIO The Spier Artisan Studio welcomes guests to see mosaic and ceramic artisans at work as they create artworks in collaboration with South African fine artists.
9. EIGHT RESTAURANT Eight is a farm-to-table eating experience in a beautiful setting next to the Eerste River. Like its name, the restaurant is an expression of balance, cycles, harmony, infinity and abundance. The produce used at Eight is either grown on the farm or sourced from nearby farmers. Natural and organic ingredients are preferred and combined to create nourishing, healthy, and delicious food. Contact: +27 (21) 809 1188 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. THE WERF
The Spier Farm Kitchen offers everything visitors need to make their own tasty farm picnics – as well as a delicious array of locally sourced and made produce to take home. Help yourself to nutritious, farm-inspired food and linger on the stoep overlooking the Werf with a glass of wine or relax nearby under one of the Werf’s giant oaks. The Spier Farm Kitchen is open 7 days a week, including public holidays, from 10.00 to 16.30 daily.
Our Tasting Room on the banks of the Spier dam pairs our award-winning wine with delicious snacks. Relax in the airy lounge area, or take your glass outside onto the patio which has stunning views of the Helderberg mountains. Contact: 021 09 1143/7
4. WINE COLLECTION POINT 5. SEGWAY TOURS The Segway PT (Personal Transporter) is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle. The tour is a beautiful glide through the farm to the vineyards with some interesting facts about Spier’s farming practices and wastewater treatment plant on the way. Contact: 021 809 1157 or visit www.segwaytours.co.za.
YOU CAN BUY SPIER WINE ONLINE WE DELIVER TO YOUR DOOR
Order your favourites from the comfort of your armchair – and get them delivered to your home. If you buy two or more cases, you qualify to join our Wine Club which offers a 15% discount on cellar door prices, free delivery and many more incredible benefits.
Sign up at store.spierwines.co.za/wine-club or our Tasting Room. T&Cs apply.
18. WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
In 2007, Spier installed a pioneering centralised wastewater treatment plant which is the embodiment of our approach to waste management. It recycles 100% of our wastewater, treats it using only environmentally friendly methodology and the clean water is then used to irrigate the garden and grounds.
19. SPA AT SPIER
Our spa offers an indulgent array of massages and facials that will ensure you leave rejuvenated and relieved of stress. Contact: email@example.com.
20. SPIER HOTEL RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR
Enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail on the terrace with bar snacks, or breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Spier Hotel restaurant. Both the restaurant and wine bar strive to source the freshest available produce for the menus from a range of local suppliers and our farm. Contact: +27 (21) 809 1100
21. SPIER SHOP
A carefully curated selection of products both for the home and for the body is available in the shop adjoining Spier Hotel’s reception and at the Tasting Venue, allowing you to take home a piece of the Spier farm life.
22. SPIER HOTEL
The 4-star Spier Hotel is next to the calming waters of the Eerste River. The rooms are situated in village-style buildings grouped around six private courtyards, each with its own swimming pool in a design reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages where pedestrians have right of way. Contact: Reservations@spier.co.za
ART - The spaces of the Spier Hotel and conferencing rooms are adorned with art from the Spier Collection - one of the most extensive collections of contemporary South African art in the country. Spier believes that the visual arts can provide both guests and staff with new insights, and challenge us to take a fresh look at our world and environment.
WALKS AND TRAILS - Stroll around our peaceful water-wise gardens or visit the River Walk on the Eerste River’s south bank, which showcases our national flower. Download the VoiceMap app and listen to our two audio tours on your phone: Walk the Farm (which starts at the Hotel entrance) and the historic Gables tour (which begins at the Tasting Room). 5km and 10km running route maps are available from the Spier Hotel reception.