What I Drank Last Night
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Spice Route Grenache 2012

Hip and happening.

Further evidence how “on trend” Grenache is comes with the release of the maiden vintage 2012 (R90 a bottle) from Spice Route owned by the ever canny Charles Back. The wine comes from Swartland vineyards planted in 2008. Some of the fermentation … [Read more...]

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2012

Hard to come by.

I’m not sure where you’re going to get Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2012 because it’s sold out from the winery and we made short work of the last two bottles available at Chapmans Peak Hotel over lunch yesterday, but it’s delicious. Pear and white peach, … [Read more...]

Spice Route Chakalaka 2009 vs. 2010

Wines to relish?

Chakalaka from Spice Route in the Swartland is an intriguing proposition being a multifarious red blend, typically including some less familiar varieties. Over the weekend, the 2009 alongside the current-release 2010 (R110 a bottle). Spice Route … [Read more...]

Fairview Pinotage 1979


Yesterday an information session with Charles Back of Fairview, Goats do Roam, La Capra and Spice Route. “Wine on its own is not a strong enough draw card to appeal to the average tourist,” he says and so Fairview’s The Goatshed restaurant, cheeses, … [Read more...]

The Great Pork Belly Party – the reds


On Saturday one of those semi-regular gatherings of friends were the meal is pre-determined and those attending must bring suitable wine. To eat, slow roasted pork belly; to drink, an extraordinarily wide array of wines. As an aperitif, Champagne … [Read more...]

Newton Johnson Syrah Mourvèdre 2007

All of a piece.

A tasting of six Shiraz-led red blends on behalf of Food & Home Entertaining magazine. The line-up was compiled at random, the minimum requirement being that all included should have impressed at some point in the past. I reviewed the wines … [Read more...]