Spice Route Chakalaka 2018

R175.00

Silky and smooth with hints of blackcurrant, cherry and plums. This blend of six varietals truly reflects the terroir of the Swartland.

 

26% Shiraz | 24% Mourvèdre | 15% Grenache Noir | 15% Carignan | 13% Durif | 7% Tannat

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Description

IN THE VINEYARD:

 

These predominantly unirrigated bush vines are all planted in deep, iron rich Koffieklip and Oakleaf soils. The average yield was between 2.5 and 4.5 tons per hectare. Each variety was selected for its suitability to the Swartland’s harsh growing conditions and blended to express the region’s unique terroir.

 

HARVEST DATE:

 

From mid-February to end of March 2018

 

WINEMAKING:

 

The grapes were hand-harvested, destalked and lightly crushed, where after it was fermented in open concrete fermenters (‘kuipe’). Manual punch downs were done during fermentation. The wines were then racked off and sent to barrel for malolactic fermentation and further ageing. Each wine component for the blend was matured in seasoned French and American oak for 12 months before blending occurred. Post blending, the final wine was returned to the same
old oak barrels for further maturation.

 

FOOD RECOMMENDATION:

 

The perfect food wine. Can hold up to the intense South African flavours of slow-roasted meat, especially barbequed pork. Even Asian inspired dishes with plum sauce will add to the fruitiness in the wine.

Additional Information
Alc

Rs

Ta

pH

3.36

Varieties

26% Shiraz | 24% Mourvèdre | 15% Grenache Noir | 15% Carignan | 13% Durif | 7% Tannat

Vintage

2018

Wine of Origin

Swartland

Wine Range

Spice Route Wines

Wine Awards

Top 10 in the Prescient Signature Red Blend Winemag Report 2021.

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