Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
The Classique, Glen Carlou's signature wine, displays a rich ruby red color with a youthful cherry skin hue. Aromas of young black fruit and oak, with traces of pencil shavings flavor. Tobacco and black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and spice finish. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond. Enjoy with lamb cutlets or braised pork belly. The Classique possesses great ageing potential that will show rounder flavors and tannins with bottle age.
Wine & Spirits - "This Bordeaux-varietal blend has a particularly intriguing fruit spectrum - brandied cherries and blackberry are immediately apparent, with something almost peachy underneath. The herbal edge of cabernet shows in a smoked tea note that melds with the savory oak. Drink it now with venison."
Glen Carlou Winery
Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir. View all Glen Carlou Wines
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A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most control over wines and vineyards until the late 1980's. Now, with a bit more competition, quality is coming around. Yet, South African wine was not even seen in American wine stores until the mid-1990's – the trade embargo on the country for their racial apartheid laws kept South African wine out of the US. When apartheid fell, so did the embargo, and SA bottles began showing up on US shelves.
White wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, much of it the Steen variety – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape gaining some raves is Sauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends was once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, which used to be a grape only your mother could love, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. The most popular regions of the country include Stellenbosch and Paarl.
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Notable FactsWhite wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, the majority of it is Steen – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape the critics rave aboutSauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends were once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, a man-made crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. In describing red wines in South Africa, smoky and meaty are two terms that are common. Regionally, the most popular wine-making areas include Stellenbosch and Paarl.
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13 ratings, 5 with reviewsAnonymous - Cheshire, CT54/21/2016Kate C - Pittsburgh, PA412/13/2011512/2/2011absolutely wonderful for the money!410/28/2011daboo14 - Stoneham, MA510/9/2011Patches - San Leandro, CA47/25/201143/25/2011Richard C. - Saint Paul, MN33/21/2011I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. The nose is very different from the taste, which is smooth with dark cherries and an ashy goodness. I bought two more for cellar.33/16/2011This was good value. Definitely New World which isn't a criticism but a charateristic. Not the wine to buy if you wanted classic Bordeaux.SteveY - Willoughby, OH33/6/2011Initially, I found this wine to be rather thin in the mouth. The nose was light, and without much complexity when it first hit the palate. The second day it really opened up. The fruit was more pronounced and the finish lasted much longer. Not bad for the price, but not a 90pt wine in my humble opinion.sean windsor - New York, NY54/20/2010I enjoy meritages / wines that are not one grape. And - especially for the money - this is one of the best I have had. South Africa is probably better known for its white wines but I encourage you to give this one a swirl.