Cape Winemakers Guild

Passionate Vineyard Collaborator

Frans Smit

“The balance of the vineyard is probably the most important thing…if the soil is fantastic, the plant will be great.”

“Respect what the vineyard hands you,” is Spier cellarmaster Frans’ mantra. This passionate commitment for creating wines that are authentically and vividly expressive of their terroir has seen Frans amass an impressive list of awards both at home and abroad.

A hands-on approach to winemaking sees Frans in the cellar most days tasting out of barrel and tank to check the development of the wines. Mid-palate weight is seen by Frans as the most important feature of a premium quality wine; while ability to age is a key prerequisite in the Frans K Smit, his eponymous flagship blend. All is lost, however, without superior grape quality – this in turn depending on the calibre of the vines. Endless hours are spent in consultation with his team, identifying and maintaining vineyards that consistently produce excellent yields. “It all happens in the vineyard,” he says. “We carefully select the region and the growing blocks. There’s a deep reverence for what’s brought to the table in the harvest basket. This is the big thing: not tampering with the natural process – but helping it along.”

  • +27 21 881 8400
  • franss@spier.co.za
  • www.spier.co.za
  • Stellenbosch Appellation

Auctioned Wines

Spier Frans K Smit CWG Special Edition 2019

Auction Year: 2023

Spier Frans K Smit CWG Special Edition 2019

43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

  • This is a single terroir wine.
  • All four varietals are from one property.
  • Previous vintages of this wine were made up only of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. However, with this vintage, we added Petit Verdot.
  • Following three consecutive dry years, 2019 was the first vintage that received normal rainfall.

Tasting Notes: Dark berry and cedar oak scents, with a great breath of rich, ripe flavours. Expressive but fine tannins that will become silkier over time. This wine has supreme balance with great ageing potential.

Drink now or in the next 10 to 12 years.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 13 000
  • Lowest: R 7 000
  • Average: R 8 500

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 66
  • Cases Auctioned: 50

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.06 vol%
  • RS: 2.2 g/l
  • TA: 5.5 g/l
  • pH: 3.60

Spier Wines Frans K Smit CWG Special Edition 2018

Auction Year: 2022

Spier Wines Frans K Smit CWG Special Edition 2018

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet France

Grapes were hand-picked, destemmed and hand-sorted before fermentation. The wine was naturally fermented in stainless steel tanks, followed by maturation in 225 litre French oak barrels for a period of 20 months.

Tasting Notes: Hints of cigar box notes on the nose followed by berries, a faint sensation of mint and savoury undertones, the wine is complex and dense in structure with a silky mid-palate and a smooth lengthy finish.

50 Cases of this wine were sold on the 2021 auction.

Ready for drinking now or within the next 10 to 12 years.

Estimate (6 bottles): R4 200 – R5 500

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R11 000
  • Lowest: R6 250
  • Average: R7 409

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 122
  • Cases Auctioned: 44

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.57 vol%
  • RS: 2.6 g/l
  • TA: 5.8 g/l
  • pH: 3.67

Spier Frans K Smit CWG Special Edition 2018

Auction Year: 2021

Spier Frans K Smit CWG Special Edition 2018

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc

Grapes were hand-picked, destemmed and hand-sorted before fermentation. The wine was naturally fermented in stainless steel, followed by maturation in 225 litre French oak barrels for a period of 20 months.

Tasting Notes: Hints of cigar box notes on the nose followed by berries, a faint sensation of mint and savoury undertones, the wine is complex and dense in structure with a silky mid-palate and a smooth, lengthy finish.

Ready for drinking now or allow to mature for 10 to 12 years.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 7 000.00
  • Lowest: R 5 333.00
  • Average: R 5 740.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 66
  • Cases Auctioned 50

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.57 vol%
  • RS: 2.60 g/l
  • TA: 5.80 g/l
  • pH: 3.67

Spier Frans K Smit Auction Selection 2017

Auction Year: 2020

Spier Frans K Smit Auction Selection 2017

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

The grapes were hand-picked, destemmed and hand-sorted before fermentation. The wine was naturally fermented in a 400 litre roller barrel and an open top wood fermenter. Maturation for 22 months in barrel before being bottled.

Tasting Notes: It’s a silky textured concentrated wine with hints of blackberry and black cherry. The wine has a dense core with beautiful fresh tones of red fruit lingering on the palate. This is the first Certified Organic Red Wine to be offered on the CWG Auction. Biodynamic principles were used in both farming and winemaking processes.

Ready for drinking now and until 2032.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 8 000.00
  • Lowest: R 7 000.00
  • Average: R 7 667.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 75
  • Cases Auctioned 21

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.50 vol%
  • RS: 3.10 g/l
  • TA: 5.50 g/l
  • pH: 3.67

Spier Farm House Organic Chenin Blanc 2017

Auction Year: 2019

Spier Farm House Organic Chenin Blanc 2017

Naturally skin fermented Chenin Blanc from 35-year-old dry land Chenin Blanc vineyards. The grapes were harvested at full ripeness and fermented in an older French oak barrel. The wine was bottled with almost no sulphur addition.

Tasting Notes: Bright, golden, yellow hues with butterscotch, apricots and hints of citrus on the nose. A rich mouth-watering palate precedes a lingering crisp finish. Pairs well with butter chicken or pork belly.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 200.00
  • Lowest: R 3 000.00
  • Average: R 3 453.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 53
  • Cases Auctioned 30

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.81 vol%
  • RS: 1.40 g/l
  • TA: 5.20 g/l
  • pH: 3.59

Frans K Smit 20 Year Celebration 2015

Auction Year: 2019

Frans K Smit 20 Year Celebration 2015

The grapes were hand-picked, destemmed and hand-sorted before fermentation. Vintage 2015 was a special year where very little interference and soft extraction in the winemaking process was required. The wine was naturally fermented in 400 litre roller barrels. After 12 months of barrel maturation, the wine was blended and returned to barrel for 12 more
months.

Tasting Notes: Dark edged, this wine shows prominent ripe blackcurrant on the nose with hints of cassis and spicy undertones. It is full bodied with layers of fruit and spice and a well-integrated tannin structure. 50 cases of this wine were previously sold on the 2018 Auction.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 500.00
  • Lowest: R 4 000.00
  • Average: R 4 240.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 114
  • Cases Auctioned 30

Analysis

  • Alc: 15.00 vol%
  • RS: 3.40 g/l
  • TA: 6.10 g/l
  • pH: 3.60

Spier Frans K Smit 20 Year Celebration 2015

Auction Year: 2018

Spier Frans K Smit 20 Year Celebration 2015

Grapes were hand-picked, destemmed and hand sorted before fermentation. Vintage 2015 was a special year where very little interference and soft extraction in the winemaking process was required. The wine was naturally fermented in 400 litre roller barrels. After 12 months of barrel maturation, the wine was blended and returned to barrel for 12 more months.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 6 600.00
  • Lowest: R 4 400.00
  • Average: R 5 440.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 114
  • Cases Auctioned 50

Analysis

  • Alc: 15.39 vol%
  • RS: 3.40 g/l
  • TA: 6.10 g/l
  • pH: 3.60

Spier Auction Selection Frans K Smit 2013

Auction Year: 2017

Spier Auction Selection Frans K Smit 2013

The grapes were hand-picked, destemmed and hand-sorted before fermentation in 400 litre roller barrels. Left for extended skin contact over a period of 40 days, the wine was pressed and transferred to French oak barrels for maturation of 24 months.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 200.00
  • Lowest: R 3 400.00
  • Average: R 3 880.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 104
  • Cases Auctioned 50

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.63 vol%
  • RS: 3.10 g/l
  • TA: 5.70 g/l
  • pH: 3.60

Spier Frans K Smit Auction Selection 2011

Auction Year: 2016

Spier Frans K Smit Auction Selection 2011

This Five Star John Platter wine was fermented in 400 litre roller barrels and a 1000 litre open top fermenter, followed by 24 months in barrel maturation. A light egg fining rounded off the tannin structure.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 5 000.00
  • Lowest: R 4 200.00
  • Average: R 4 624.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 172
  • Cases Auctioned 50

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.94 vol%
  • RS: 4.90 g/l
  • TA: 5.60 g/l
  • pH: 3.50

Spier Frans K Smit Auction Selection 2011

Auction Year: 2015

Spier Frans K Smit Auction Selection 2011

This wine was fermented in 400 litre roller barrels and a 1 000 litre open top fermenter, followed by 24 months in barrel maturation. A light egg fining rounded off the tannin structure.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 800.00
  • Lowest: R 2 000.00
  • Average: R 3 012.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 172
  • Cases Auctioned 50

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.38 vol%
  • RS: 4.00 g/l
  • TA: 5.20 g/l
  • pH: 3.58

Spier Auction Reserve Frans K Smit 2010

Auction Year: 2014

Spier Auction Reserve Frans K Smit 2010

This wine was fermented in 400 litre roller barrels and a 1000 litre open top fermenter, followed by 24 months barrel maturation. A light egg white fining rounded off the tannin structure. Tasting Notes: Dark edged, this wine shows prominent ripe blackcurrant on the nose with hints of cassis and spicy undertones. It is full-bodied with layers of fruit and spice and a well-integrated tannin structure.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 000.00
  • Lowest: R 3 200.00
  • Average: R 3 466.67

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 98
  • Cases Auctioned 60

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.00 vol%
  • RS: 4.00 g/l
  • TA: 5.80 g/l
  • pH: 3.50

Spier Auction Reserve Frans K Smit 2010

Auction Year: 2013

Spier Auction Reserve Frans K Smit 2010

This wine was fermented in 400 litre roller barrels and a 1000 litre open top fermenter, followed by 24 months barrel maturation. A light egg white fining rounded off the tannin structure. Tasting Notes: Dark-edged, this wine shows prominent ripe blackcurrant on the nose with hints of cassis and spicy undertones. It is full-bodied with layers of fruit and spice and a well-integrated tannin structure.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 3 200.00
  • Lowest: R 1 800.00
  • Average: R 2 333.33

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 150
  • Cases Auctioned 72

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.39 vol%
  • RS: 4.10 g/l
  • TA: 5.80 g/l
  • pH: 3.50

Spier Merlot 2009

Auction Year: 2012

Spier Merlot 2009

The grapes are picked from a vineyard planted on a north westerly slope, 120 metres above sea level. The grapes were harvested at full ripeness. Picked in 10kg lug boxes and pre-cooled to 8 degrees C prior to crushing. Hand sorting of the bunches was followed by de-stemming, berry sorting and then crushing. Fermentation was in open French oak fermenters. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel, followed by 22 months barrel maturation before bottling. Tasting Notes: The wine shows aromas of cherry, berries and smoky spice with an undertone of savoury earthiness and subtle mint chocolate. The wine is rich and complex with a silky mid – palate and long, lingering finish.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 1 400.00
  • Lowest: R 1 300.00
  • Average: R 1 350.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750 ml
  • Cases Produced: 146
  • Cases Auctioned 20

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.98 vol%
  • RS: 2.40 g/l
  • TA: 6.00 g/l
  • pH: 3.65

Spier Pinotage 2009

Auction Year: 2012

Spier Pinotage 2009

The grapes are picked from vineyards planted on a south easterly facing slope within a 4.8 km proximity to the ocean. Tasting Notes: An intense, ruby coloured wine which shows inviting aromas of cherry, well-matured oak spice and hints of tobacco. The palate is beautifully structured and creamy in texture. Will gain additional complexity with cellaring.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 2 000.00
  • Lowest: R 1 800.00
  • Average: R 1 885.71

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750 ml
  • Cases Produced: 146
  • Cases Auctioned 28

Analysis

  • Alc: 15.87 vol%
  • RS: 3.50 g/l
  • TA: 5.90 g/l
  • pH: 3.59

Spier Merlot 2009

Auction Year: 2011

Spier Merlot 2009

100% Merlot The grapes are picked from a vineyard planted on a North Westerly slope at 120 metres above sea level. The grapes were harvested at full ripeness. Picked in 10 kg lug boxes and pre-cooled to 8 degrees C prior to crushing. Hand sorting of the bunches was followed by de-stemming, berry sorting and then crushing. Fermentation took place in open French oak fermenters. Malolactic fermentation happened in barrel, followed by 22 months barrel maturation before bottling. Tasting note: The wine shows aromas of cherry, berries and smoky spice with an undertone of savoury earthiness and subtle mint chocolate. The wine is rich and complex with a silky mid-palate and long lingering finish. Drink now or within the next 8 to 10 years.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 1 600.00
  • Lowest: R 850.00
  • Average: R 1 065.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 155
  • Cases Auctioned 52

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.98 vol%
  • RS: 2.40 g/l
  • TA: 6.00 g/l
  • pH: 3.65

Spier Pinotage 2009

Auction Year: 2011

Spier Pinotage 2009

100% Pinotage The grapes are picked from vineyards planted on a South Easterly facing slope within a 4.8 km proximity to the ocean. Tasting note: An intense ruby coloured wine which shows inviting aromas of cherry, well-matured oak spice and hints of tobacco. The palate is beautifully structured and creamy in texture. The wine will gain additional complexity with cellaring. Drink now or for the next 8 to 10 years.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 1 300.00
  • Lowest: R 900.00
  • Average: R 1 062.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 146
  • Cases Auctioned 42

Analysis

  • Alc: 15.87 vol%
  • RS: 3.50 g/l
  • TA: 5.90 g/l
  • pH: 3.59

Spier Merlot 2008

Auction Year: 2010

Spier Merlot 2008

The grapes were picked from a vineyard planted on a north-westerly slope at 120 metres above sea level. The grapes were harvested at full ripeness. Picked in 10 kg lug boxes, the grapes were pre-cooled to 8 degrees Celsius prior to hand sorting of the bunches followed by destemming, berry sorting and then crushing. Fermentation took place in open top French oak fermenters and Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel, followed by 22 months barrel maturation before bottling. Tasting note: The wine shows aromas of cherry, berries and smoky spice with an undertone of savoury earthiness and subtle mint chocolate. The wine is rich and complex with a dense but silky mid palate and a long, lingering finish.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 1 400.00
  • Lowest: R 1 200.00
  • Average: R 1 292.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 133
  • Cases Auctioned 80

Analysis

  • Alc: 15.20 vol%
  • RS: 4.50 g/l
  • TA: 5.50 g/l
  • pH: 3.50

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