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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Spice Route Chakalaka 2010
Spice Route Chakalaka 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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

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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.