2022 Spice Route Pinotage

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Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Swartland
Winery Spice Route
Vintage 2022
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2023 - 2030
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Charles Back, owner of Spice Route, is one of the pioneers in Swartland. At the end of the 1990s he found a vineyard with more than thirty-year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines that produced wine of exceptional quality. Together with winemaker Eben Sadie, he planted new grape varieties around this oldest block of Sauvignon, most of them as free-standing shrubs, so-called 'bush vines'. The base of the winery became an old tobacco barn, which used to be called Klein Amoskuil. Spice Route's wines quickly became a success!

The success of these and other producers in this innovative region (there is even talk of a 'Swartland Revolution') is determined by a combination of two elements. First, the deep soils (weathered granite and 'Koffieklip') in which the sticks can root deeply to find water. In addition, the climate with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters.

The current winemaker of Spice Route, Charl du Plessis, makes wines that can certainly be called 'different', such as the juicy Pinotage in which no rubber can be tasted and a very playful and serious blend called Chakalaka (which can be translated as 'leftovers'). containing no fewer than 6 different grapes!

The Spice Route Pinotage is beautiful ruby red in the glass. The color reveals the freshness and surprising freshness of the Pinotage. The nose is characterized by both black fruit and smoky aromas. There is also a bit of spiciness to be discovered. In the mouth a balanced balance with some tobacco and leather in the aftertaste and is wonderfully juicy both in the nose and in the mouth.

“Pinotage is truly at home in the Swartland, and this vineyard proves this point year after year. With the dry winter, we had to make sure we picked the grapes at the perfect time, to get the right balance between optimum fruit and tannin. The result is a modern style of Pinotage, with soft tannins and an easy drinking palate." – Charl du Plessis

Vineyard for 2022 Spice Route Pinotage

Charles Back, owner of Spice Route, is one of the pioneers in Swartland. At the end of the 1990s, he found a vineyard with more than thirty-year-old Sauvignon Blanc sticks that produced wine of exceptional quality. Together with winemaker Eben Sadie, he planted new grape varieties around this oldest block of Sauvignon, most of them as freestanding shrubs, so-called 'bush vines'. The base of the winery became an old tobacco barn, which used to be called Klein Amoskuil. Spice Route wines quickly became a success!

A combination of two elements is decisive for the success of these and other producers in this innovative region (there is even talk of a 'Swartland Revolution'). First, the deep soils (weathered granite and 'Coffee Cliff') in which the sticks can root deeply to find water. In addition, the climate with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters.

Eben Sadie started making his own wines in 2002 and the current winemaker of Spice Route, Charl du Plessis, succeeded him. His wines can certainly be called 'different'; for example the juicy Pinotage in which no rubber can be tasted and a very playful and serious blend called Chakalaka (which can be translated as 'leftovers') in which no less than 6 different grapes are processed!

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Swartland
Winery Spice Route
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2022
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Dry, Fruity, Spicy, Red fruit, Flexible, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Borrelen, Met vrienden, Open haard, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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