The Malabar 2006 from Spice Route which looked flash two years ago has come on nicely. A blend of 64% Shiraz, 15% Mourvèdre, 9% Petite Syrah, 9% Grenache, 3% Tannat from Swartland vineyards, it spent 26 months in barrel, 40% new.
Red and black fruit, wood spice and a pronounced but entirely appealing earthiness about. Rich and broad, warm and generous. The fruit undoubtedly picked fully ripe but surprisingly well defined. By no means delicate but as the Western Cape winter lingers, such a wine certainly has its place.