Intense red-purple in the glass. Initial smoky cloves and savory notes give way to a plum and black cherry nose with hints of sweet oak spice. Medium bodied with well-integrated oak and fruit, this wine has a smooth tannin structure and lingering spice flavors.
Blend: 37% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 13% Carignan, 10% Tannat, 8% Grenache, 7% Petit Sirah
"Solid, featuring dark plum, currant and blackberry fruit melded with a roasted apple wood note. A sanguine edge fills in the finish, exhibiting enough length and depth for modest cellaring. A terrific value. Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Tannat, Grenache and Petite Sirah."
"The 2010 Spice Route Chakalaka, from Swartland, Oakleaf and Koffieklip, is a serious Rhone Ranger blend of 30% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 13% Carignan, 8% Grenache and the rest Petite Sirah and Tannat aged 14 months in a combination of French and American oak (14.5% natural alcohol). This intriguing red is loaded with white chocolate, coffee bean, black currant, kirsch, licorice and Provencal herb characteristics as well as a slight touch of vanillin (from the oak aging). It is a beautifully fruit-driven, medium to full-bodied, South African powerhouse to drink over the next 5-6 years."
The Wine Advocate