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Fairview’s Charles Back survives attack

Charles Back of Fairview and Spice Route last night endured a brutal farm attack on his farm in Paarl. He was beaten up with...

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2016

There are stacks and stacks of damn tasty, cheap as chips Chenin Blanc from the Swartland, whether it be from the large-scale Riebeek Cellars...

Swartland red blends re-assessed

Earlier this year, I rated the Malabar 2012, the Rhône-style red blend from Charles Back’s Swarland operation Spice Route, 90 on the 100-point quality...

Spice Route Malabar 2012

Spice Route was acquired by Charles Back in the late 1990s out of conviction that the Swartland was utilised and the maiden vintage of...

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2014

With Ken Forrester The FMC 2012 selling for R350 a bottle from the tasting room and DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 chasing hard at...

Chocolate and wine pairings in the winelands

Don’t believe those stick-in-the-muds who say that chocolate doesn’t pair with wine. When done well, there are few things as deliciously decadent. It’s a...

Family-friendly wine farms

A decent glass of wine and a happy child needn’t be mutually exclusive. These are some of my favourite wine farms that are geared...

Spice Route Terra de Bron Darling Syrah 2012

Convinced that the Swartland was under-utilised, Charles Back acquired property here in the late 1990s – Klein Amoskuil outside Malmesbury where he intended to...