From his early winemaking days at the Perdeberg Co-Op, Charles Back, owner of Spice Route, was mindful of ‘how easily quality happens in Swartland’. Based near Malmesbury in the Swartland region north-west of Paarl, Charles Back established Spice Route in 1997 and continues the innovation that he is so well known for. In common with Charles, Charl du Plessis, the winemaker, shows a commitment to excellence in everything he does. There can be few winemakers who fly back to South Africa after a gruelling three days of London Wine Trade Fair, in order to compete in a cycling marathon just one day later!
Spice Route wines are recognized for their exceptionally ripe and deep-flavoured characteristics. Deep red soils sustain unirrigated bush vines with temperatures being moderated by cool Atlantic breezes rolling in from the west overnight. Fruit is sourced from vineyards located in Malmesbury and Darling.
Spice Route Winery and vineyards are all:
– Fairtrade (FT) accredited : Fairtrade International / FLO
– WIETA accredited
– IPW accredited
– BWI accredited
However, the estate choose not to label any of their wines with these accreditations.
“Every revolution needs a spark, a catalyst that changes things forever … without it the Swartland would still be regarded as a rural backwater… instead, it is one of the most dynamic regions in the southern hemisphere.” Tim Atkin MW (of owner Charles Back in his recent article ‘The Swartland Revolution)
“It is a beautifully fruit-driven, medium to full-bodied, South African powerhouse” Robert Parker (of Chakalaka)
2014 Darling Sauvignon Blanc Platter: 4*
2014 The Amos Block Sauvignon Blanc Platter: 4½*
2014 Chenin Blanc Christian Eades: 91 pts
2012/13 Grenache 2012 Tim Atkin: 93 pts; Platter: 4*
2012 Chakalaka (Syrah/Mourvèdre/Carignan/Petite Sirah/Grenache/Tannat) Platter: 4*
2007/09 Malabar (Syrah/Mourvèdre/Petite Sirah/Grenache/Tannat) 2009 Wine Spectator: 90 pts; Platter: 4*
Terra de Bron
2009 Swartland Syrah
2012 Darling Syrah Tim Atkin: 93 pts
2012 Swartland Mourvèdre Tim Atkin: 93 pts