Spice Route Chakalaka 2010

Red Blends from South Africa

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Item No. 122626
  • red wine
  • WS91
  • RP90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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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

Critical Acclaim

"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."
91 Points

"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."
90 Points

Learn About Spice Route Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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