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Spice Route Chakalaka 2013

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Intense red-purple in the glass. Initial smoky cloves and savory notes give way to a plum and black cherry nose with hints of intense oak spice. Medium bodied with well-integrated oak and fruit, this wine has a smooth tannin structure and lingering spice flavors.

Category Red Wine
Country South Africa
Region Swartland
Brand Spice Route
  • wa89

Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Chakalaka is a blend of 50% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 13% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan, 8% Grenache and 6% Tannat. The nose is very perfumed with maraschino cherries, candied orange peel and cassis scents that are all very seductive. The palate is well balanced with a succulent fruity foundation of cranberry and wild strawberry overlain with cocoa and dried herbs. I like this Chakalaka - commercially driven, but very well executed with plenty of freshness and vitality.

  • ws89

Wine SpectatorA rich, toasty style, featuring a hefty layer of cocoa draped over the core of melted black licorice and warmed plum sauce flavors. Gains finesse through the finish, with the silky structure letting everything meld. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Carignan, Grenache and Tannat.

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