2007 Spice Route Malabar Red Blend

$65

52% Shiraz, 24% Mourvèdre, 10% Petite Sirah, 7% Grenache, 7% Tannat.

Malabar is a blend of varietals, vinified and matured individually in our dedicated Malabar cellar. The fruit was hand harvested early in the morning into small lug boxes. After a bunch selection, the individual berries were hand sorted over a sorting table and fermented in open 1800kg 100% new French oak vats. The individual components were matured in French oak vats for 12 months, during which time the barrels are tasted regularly. The best barrels were selected, blended and returned to barrel for a further 10 months. The wine was bottled without being filtered. Total production for the 2007 vintage was 28 barrels.

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Red Blends Wines

One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

Swartland, South Africa

To the north of Cape Town is the large district of Swartland. This district was considered to be a source for inexpensive, large-yielding grapes and wine for many years. However, in recent, Swartland has undergone a considerable transformation to be a center for more premium wine production. Old-vine Chenin Blanc, Syrah, and Cape blends tend to be well-recognized from this area in particular. To enhance fruit concentration and produce higher quality wines, producers can dry-farm (grow without irrigation) to lower their yields. 

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. They have found their 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 Spice Route wine. The Shiraz is from a trellised vineyard, planted on oakleaf and koffieklip soil in 1995. The Mourvèdre was planted in 2001, mainly on oakleaf soil. The Petite Sirah component hails from the maiden block in South Africa, planted in 2001. The Grenache vines are 56 years old, planted on sandy decomposed granite. And the Tannat is also from the maiden block in South Africa, planted on koffieklip soil in 2003.

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