What I Drank Last Night
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Spice Route Terra de Bron Darling Syrah 2012

Rocking the daisies.

Convinced that the Swartland was under-utilised, Charles Back acquired property here in the late 1990s – Klein Amoskuil outside Malmesbury where he intended to focus on Rhône varieties as well as vineyards in Darling Hills which was to be primarily a … [Read more...]

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...]