Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape of Good Hope in search of exotic spices. Their nerve and dash inspire the Spice Route philosophy. We have found our signature wine style in the rolling hills along the Cape’s West Coast, where unirrigated vines produce grapes with small thick skinned berries – ripe fruit that is dense, rich and full flavoured. A passionate dedication to exceptional quality and traditional hand crafting captures the essence of this fruit in the wines of the Spice Route.
IN THE VINEYARD
Produced from a Swartland vineyard planted in 1978. These trellised vineyards are planted on a south-east facing slope and are dryland farmed. The soils are predominantly koffieklip (decomposed granite and iron-rich clay).
2 March 2021
Late picking only commenced on the 2nd of March 2021, all handpicked at 24.5 degree balling. The bunches were destalked and gently pressed before settling for 48 hours in a stainless steel tank. Thereafter transferred to 500L French barrels of which 10% are new for fermentation. The wine spent 11 months in the barrel before bottling.
The highlight of the 2021 vintage was no extreme heatwaves prior or during the harvest which resulted in slow ripening and natural acidity. Enjoy!” – Charl du Plessis
Bright, light yellow colour. Complex nose with tropical fruits and peach followed by subtle flinty notes. The palate is rich and broad with well-balanced acidity from the first picking.