2009 Vintage: Decanter Trophy 2012
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.
Spice Route’s signature style has always been robust, spicy red wines, rich in character and certain to enhance every occasion. This blend of red varietals represents a fusion of flavours, as does the unique, spicy South African relish from which Chakalaka takes its name. South Africa’s past has brought together many different cultures, creating today’s “Rainbow Nation” of which we are justly proud. Chakalaka shares this heritage… the relish being a complex blend of flavours known to lift the spirits when enjoyed with our traditional foods, as we are confident this fine wine will do when paired with your favourite dishes.
Winemaker's comment: "We have included Tannat, Petite Syrah and Souzão in the blend which adds body and richness to the mid palate of the wine. I am excited about the potential of Tannat and Petite Syrah as a larger Chakalaka component in the future" Charl du Plessis Tasting note: 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 flavours. Oaking is restrained, but provides structure to back up the ripe flavours.