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SPICE ROUTE MALABAR

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TASTE

Layered and perfumed aromas of violets, plum, charcuterie spice and cocoa captivate the senses. On the palate there is dense black fruit, spice followed by supple age-worthy tannin and freshness.

VINIFICATION

Made only in the best vintages, from the best vineyards, our flagship blend is selected from a handful of barrels, no matter the variety. A true Swartland wine. The final blend is returned to barrels to mature and knit together until bottling, where it sits for a further two years or more before release. The ultimate expression of the fruit of the Earth guided by the Hand of Man.

WOOD AGING

After fermentation,the individual components were transferred to French oak barrels for 12 months. Only the best of these barrels was selected, then blended and returned to seasoned barrels for a further 10 months maturation.

R950.00

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ORIGIN

Swartland

VARIETY

50% Syrah | 25% Mourvèdre
7% Grenache| 8% Petite Syrah

ALCOHOL

13.5%

VINTAGE

2015

Winemakers Note

“The wine has a well-integrated palate, opulent tannin structure and balanced mouth feel, giving it the potential to age another decade.

Only 12 barrels were made though, so act quick. Due to the drought in 2016/2017 no Malabar was made. Enjoy!” – Charl du Plessis

Awards

RECOGNITION
4½ stars – Platter’s Wine Guide

PREVIOUS VINTAGES
2007: Commended – International Wine Challenge 2012
Bronze Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2012

2006: Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2010
2005: 92 points – Wine Spectator
2005: 4½ stars – Platters Wine Guide 2010
2004: International and Regional Trophies (Red blend over £10) – Decanter World Wine Awards 2007
2004: Gold medal – Classic Wine Trophy 2007
2004: 91 points – Wine Spectator
2004: 4½ stars – Platter’s Wine Guide
2003: Gold medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2007
2003: 90 points – Wine Spectator
2003: 4½ stars – Platter’s Wine Guide

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