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2009 Spice Route Wine Company Chakalaka Swartland
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88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

(37% syrah, 21% mourvedre, 18% carignan, 10% petite sirah, 10% grenache and 4% tannat):  Good deep red.  Musky, rather low-toned aromas of plum, spices, tobacco and pepper.  Silky and seamless in the mouth, with ripe flavors of dark berries, smoke and spices.  Finishes with a smooth dusting of slightly edgy tannins, some nutty oak and good length.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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