Spice Route Wines Swartland
Now wholly owned by Charles Back of FAIRVIEW, this warm-climate Swartland property has been good to sometimes very good in recent vintages. There are approachable bright fruit driven examples of Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage as well as now Mourvèdre. Along with sound, fruity and slightly mineral and citrus scented Sauvignon Blanc, whites also include Chenin Blanc and Viognier. All are released under the standard label. The Flagship range of red varietals, though, is a real step up. The round and supple Syrah is full of dark blackberry and spice; the Pinotage is loaded with dark black, very ripe fruit and is marked by firm tannin, the structure sometimes threatening to overwhelm the wine. The top wine is one of South Africa’s best reds. The dense and concentrated Malabar is a splendid blend of mainly Shiraz with Mourvèdre, Pinotage, Grenache (from 55 year old vines), Petite Sirah and Viognier. Needless to say it is bottled unfiltered. A further Rhône style red blend Chakalaka, has also been added. All the top reds will develop well in the medium term, Malabar for up to a decade. (DM)
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