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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Spice Route Chakalaka 2008
Spice Route Chakalaka 2008
(search item no. 104908)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vibrant red colour. Ripe, dark fruit aromas with cloves coming through on the nose. Medium to full bodied with ripe spicy plums and dark cherry fruit flavors. Oak is restrained, but provides structure to back up the ripe flavors.

Blend: 51% Syrah, 16% Carignan, 11% Mourvedre, 11% Souzou, 8% Grenache, 2% Tannat, 1% Petite Sirah

The blend of red varietals represents a fusion of flavors, as does the unique, spicy South African relish from which Chakalaka takes its name.

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About Spice Route:

Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape in search of exotic spices. Their nerve and dash inspired Charles Back to found the Spice Route Winery in 1997. Charles had bought the farm Klein Amoskuil, and this Malmesbury based farm is now home to Spice Route's Swartland terroir styled wines. The Spice Route Winery has found its signature wine style in the warm rolling hills along the Cape West Coast. Matching traditional practices in the vineyards with modern, minimalist approaches in the cellar, they produce exceptionally ripe and deep-flavoured wines. The deep red soils sustain unirrigated bush vine through the long warm summers. These harsh conditions are tempered by cool Atlantic breezes rolling in overnight. In its few years since inception had a stratospheric climb into the top echelons of the South African wine industry.