Spice Route Chakalaka 2012

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Discovered during a trip to South Africa, this lovely blend is perfect for when you are grilling meats on the barbeque and want a rich, robust red wine. This Signature wine of Spice Route winery is named after South Africa’s traditional spice relish blend named Chakalaka. A sum of many parts selected for their ability to express the soils of the Swartland harmoniously, Chakalaka is a blend of six grape varieties: the 2012 is 29% Syrah | 29% Mourvèdre | 13% Grenache | 13% Carignan | 8% Tannat and 8% Petite Sirah.

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.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country South Africa
Region Swartland
Brand Spice Route
Alcohol/vol 14%
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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.

James Molesworth, December 15, 2014
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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.

Neal Martin, October 2014