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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 3days 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 wines. Deep red soils sustain unirrigated bush vines with temperatures being moderated by cool Atlantic breezes rolling in from the west overnight. The vineyards are located at two sites – in Malmesbury and Darling.

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CHAKALAKA RECIPE CARD_LAMB SHANK

Spice Route Chakalaka Lamb shank

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Current Wines

Intense purple in the glass. Sweet mulberry, fragrant cigar and spice on the nose. Concentrated re...
Intense red-purple in the glass. Initial smoky cloves and savoury notes give way to a plum and blac...
Light straw colour. Complex tropical nose with spiced apple flavours hinting at modern oaking. Palat...
Layered and perfumed aromas of rich berry, plum, chocolate and violet. Well-integrated palate, with...
Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape of Good Hope in sear...
Vibrant cherry tempered by wild herb and smoky aromas. Lingering plum tomato and spice on the palate...
A burst of ripe plum and raspberry on the nose with sweet spice and hints of beetroot. Fresh red fru...
Reticent nose of greenery and minerality, with distinct flinty notes and hints of green tea. The pal...
Earthy and rich fruit aromas meet in the glass, with hints of white pepper that tickle the nose. Ju...
Light bronze in the glass. Perfumed aromas of tropical fruit and candied orange peel. Spicy complex...

Archive Wines

Light green colour. Fresh flavours of apple, white pear and summer melon. The palate is lively wit...
Vibrant cherry tempered by wild herb and smoky aromas. Lingering plum tomato and spice on the palat...
Perfumed plum aromas leading to slightly earthy and smoky notes as the wine develops on the glass. T...
A burst of ripe plum and raspberry on the nose with sweet spice and hints of beetroot. Fresh red fru...
Complex nose of cut grass and tropical fruit. The palate shows fresh grapefruit with a hint of mine...
The mix of apricot and peach is ripe giving richness on the nose and flesh on the palate. Under this...


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 cradfting captures the essence of this fruit in the wines of the Spice Route.



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.


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