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
This unique bushvine vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc was planted in 1965 and is the oldest existing block, or Mother Block, of the variety in South Africa. Farmed without irrigation, only in exceptionally mild vintages does this vineyard transcend the Swartland. The vineyards block only yield 0.94 tons per hectare.
25 January 2017
The single vineyard was hand-harvested at 21,7 degree balling, with a natural acidity of 6.9g/l. The bunches were gently destalked and the juice was pressed off and settled down for 48 hours, prior to fermentation. Cold fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks.
This wine is only bottled in exceptional vintages. The result is a wine with great aromatics and a certain “grain”, a true reflection of this special vineyard. Enjoy!
– Charl du Plessis-
A feat for such a variety in the hot Swartland climate, this is the antithesis of Sauvignon Blanc. It has a wonderfully aromatic and energetic style, full of notes of gooseberries, nettles and minerality. It is bright and refreshing but with a lovely texture, making it more generous on the palate than you might expect.