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    Spice Route Chakalaka 2010
    Other Red Blends - South Africa


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    Professional Ratings: 91 Wine Spectator, 90 The Wine Advocate

    Region: South Africa

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Style: Earthy & Spicy

    Alcohol By Volume: 14%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 122626

    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
    Wine Spectator

    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
    The Wine Advocate
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