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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Spice Route Pinotage 2006
Spice Route Pinotage 2006
(search item no. 94759)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An exceptional Swartland block of pinotage, on deep oakleaf soils at Rheeboksfontein, yielded fruit of intense concentration. This block has been used since the inception of the Spice Route Wine Company, and continues to deliver high quality. Another warm Swartland vintage has produced a wine with ripe, dark character.

Colour: Deep ruby, with dark purple tones
Aroma: Dark, sweet fruits with youngberry and dried prunes. Liquorice and pine needles, with vanilla hints.
Palate: Well developed tannins, with integration of brooding fleshy fruits and oak flavours. Balanced medium body, with a full finish.

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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.