Spice Route Chakalaka 2012
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Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape of Good Hope in search of exotic spices. Their nerve and dash inspire the Spice Route philosophy. They have found their signature wine style in the rolling hills along the Cape’s West Coast, where unirrigated vines produce grapes with small thick skinned berries – ripe fruit that is dense, rich and full flavoured. A passionate dedication to exceptional quality and traditional hand crafting captures the essence of this fruit in the wines of the Spice Route.
Wine SpectatorEnticing, with warmed fruitcake, fig paste, blackberry coulis and licorice snap notes coiled together and carrying through the wood spice- and bramble-edged finish. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Carignan, Tannat and Petite Sirah. Drink now. 2,400 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Chakalaka is a blend of 29% Syrah, 29% Mourvedre, 13% Grenache, 13% Carignan, 8% Petit Syrah and 8% Tannat that is raised in French and American oak for 22 months. It has a smoky, dark chocolate-scented bouquet that is reasonably well defined, the American wood lending a touch of espresso with time. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe juicy tannins, good acidity and a touch of piquancy on the dark plum, dark chocolate and raisin finish. A crowd-pleaser.