New Wine: Spice Route Winery Releases Malabar 2012


Hey guys,  if you follow me on insta then you’ll know that last Saturday I celebrated my birthday at the Spice Route.  It was amaaaazing!  There were two other people celebrating their birthday there and two groups of people were celebrating bachelor parties.  It’s epic to see people in one place in a cheerful and celebratory mood.


I get a lot of people making comments that I visit the wine farms on a regular.   Dude, what is the point of being in Cape Town if you are not going to enjoy everything about this beautiful city?  If you are living in Cape Town, do it fabulously or go back to Ngqamakhwe.


Here’s something to look forward to at the Spice Route…..


Spice Route Winery released its much-anticipated flagship red blend, The Malabar 2012!  Like the fellow Spice Route wines, The Malabar 2012 exemplifies the new age of the Swartland, and the farm Klein Amoskuil, where the grapes are grown and produced. The wine is the 8th Malabar edition in the Spice Route wine range since 2002.






Spice Route Winery Releases Malabar 2012
Malabar Swartland 2012 Box


Malabar is a blend of scrupulously sorted vineyards, including Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Petit Sirah.  The elegant wine has a well-integrated palate, opulent tannin structure and balanced mouthfeel, giving it the potential to age another decade. “A wine that truly reflects the excellence of Swartland,” describes Head Winemaker, Charl Du Plessis.


Spice Route Winery Releases Malabar 2012
Charl du Plessis


Layered and perfumed aromas of rich blackberry, plum, cacao and violets captivate the senses.  The wine is delicious when served with slow roasted lamb, green beans and roast potatoes.

Each grape was carefully hand-selected and after fermentation the wine spent 12 months in French oak barrels before it matured in the bottle for another two years.  As 2012 had a very low yield, a mere 2.6 tons of grapes per hectare were harvested.  For a wine that took about four years to produce, the Malabar 2012 is most definitely an exceptional wine.


Spice Route Winery Releases Malabar 2012
Tasting Room


The Spice Route Malabar 2012 retails for R425 a bottle and is currently available in the wine tasting room at Spice Route Destination in Paarl.

Spice Route Wine Tasting & Sales are open Monday – Sunday from 09:00 – 17:00

Spice Route Wine Journey: R25 per person
Flagship Wine Journey: R50 per person
Wine & Charcuterie Journey: R75 per person
Malabar Journey: R25 per person

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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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