Spice Route Shiraz 2009, Wo Swartland

Shiraz Shiraz
Swartland, South Africa

$24.95 (263657)

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89 pts
5
May 11, 2013

Critic Reviews (3)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

What a cracker shiraz! The nose is terrific with well integrated, intense ripe currants, wild plum/chokecherry, black...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

A swarthy, savoury, earth-flavoured, coffee-inflected wine with loads of wood flavour and dense dark fruit. There's a...

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Janet Dorozynski Dip WSET, Ph.D.
Janet Dorozynski Dip WSET, Ph.D.

Charles Back saw the potential of the Swartland early on and was a pioneer in the rediscovery of this hot, dry region...

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Community Reviews (2)

Dan Trcka
Dan Trcka

The 2009 Spice Route Shiraz, aged in French oak for 18 months, is a full bodied, integrated wine, with intense aromas of prune, strawberry, smoke, coconut and vanilla. It has a nice structure with refined tannins (decant for 15-30 min) and a long to extra long, chalky finish. Though ready to drink now, it should age gracefully for the next 10 years. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts - I recommend giving this one a try just to gage how many to stock up on (scheduled to come out sometime in March/12). Tasted at "An Intimate Wine Tasting with Charles Back" Jan/12.

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Paul Forget
Paul Forget

Great aromatics on this Shiraz with aromas of black plum, wild strawberry, prune, black pepper, clove, smoky and vanilla notes. On the palate, full bodied with alcohol at 15%, rich and concentrated flavours. well structured by lively acidity and elegant tannin structure. Very good length on the finish, rich and creamy texture and flavours of spice plums and cedar flavours lingering. Maturation took place in (approx) 30% new French oak for 18 months, the wine was bottled unfiltered. This wine has lots of everything but no excess and not likely to disappoint. Strongly recommended, enjoyed May 2012.

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