Spice Route Malabar 2005

Bold, dark colour. Palate shows deep plum and spice flavours, with pepper and star anise. Layered style, with hints of violets and dark chocolate. Full bodied with a rich finish.


variety : Shiraz | 72% Shiraz 12% Mourvèdre 11% Pinotage 4.5% Grenache 0.5% Viognier
winemaker : Charl du Plessis
wine of origin : Swartland
analysis : alc : 14.9 % vol  rs : 3.1 g/l  pH : 3.63  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
RECOGNITION
4½ stars - Platter's Wine Guide
PREVIOUS VINTAGES:
2004: International and Regional Trophies (Red blend over £10) - Decanter World Wine Awards 2007
2004: Gold medal - Classic Wine Trophy 2007
2004: 91 points - Wine Spectator
2004: 4 ½ stars - Platter's Wine Guide
2003: Gold medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2007
2003: 90 points - Wine Spectator
2003: 4½ stars - Platter's Wine Guide
in the vineyard : The hand picked fruit was harvested from dryland vineyards in the Swartland, with soils of deep red oakleaf and koffieklip. The Shiraz is from a trellised vineyard, while the remaining fruit is from bush vine vineyards. The Grenache is from 55 year old vines.

Winemaker's Comments
This vintage includes a significant Petite Sirah component, adding colour and complexity to the wine. These are the amongst the first Petite Sirah vineyards in South Africa and I am excited about the prospects as the vineyards mature. Charl du Plessis

about the harvest: Harvest Date: March 2005

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