Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.
Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Grand Classique is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in new and used barrel for 18 months. It has a lifted bouquet of raspberry and dark plum aromas that needs to develop more complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, kirsch-tinged entry. The acidity is very well entwined with the bright redcurrant and strawberry fruit that leads to a bright, vibrant finish. Perhaps not a long term Grand Classique, but this is well crafted."
Wine Enthusiast - "Notes of cocoa and oak-derived spice add depth to the ripe, dark fruit core of this wine. Black berry, cherry and plum flavors abound on the plush palate, framed by firm tannins and a thick, supple texture. Gripping plum-skin and cigar-box notes linger long on the finish.
International Wine Cellar - "Good full, dark red. Deep, vinous, claret-like aromas of cassis, black cherry, tobacco, mocha, earth and sexy oak. Silky on entry, then firm and bright in the middle, offering intense dark berry and chocolatey oak flavors complicated by a loamy nuance. A bit youthfully clenched but already shows insidious sweetness. Energetic and light on its feet, finishing with a serious tannic backbone. Obviously a very good vintage for this bottling, but this will need time. A lot of wine for the price.
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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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27 ratings, 11 with reviews412/14/2012Quite a nice wine, excellent for everyday drinking. Have bought more and probably will again in the future.kattykat - Oriental, NC42/27/2014Big_Jilm - Gaithersburg, MD49/24/2013
Glen!!! Big mineral and earth notes. Very different than your typical CA or French Cab. I really like the different presentation of flavors. Lots of character with almost no fruit maybe some really dark cherry or something along those lines. This wine was a very pleasant discovery and the best South African wine I've had so far.Scott Citino - Fernandina Beach, FL53/24/2013
- Earth & Spicy
This is a wonderful well-crafted Bordeaux blend from the Paarl region of South Africa. Wonderful dark fruit with undertones of mocha and tobacco make this a wonderful wine. Great wine for the price.dchall2 - Johnstown, PA14/3/2014
- Earthy & Spicy
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- Beef > Herbs
Do not t Reordertjowens - Donnelly, ID41/1/2014John C. - Wilkes Barre, PA410/31/2013nuiance - Clark, NJ48/20/2013
- Big & Bold
Excellent Soft Red Blended wine, easy on the palate, has a warm light finish, well balanced. Light in red color; enjoyable with any meat, cheese, or soak some fresh nectarines and peaches in it and oh my what a treat! This is easily and every day wine. Comparable to Torresella Nero D'Avoia 201070augie - Bel Air, MD48/5/2013Surprising, an all around wine with great balance.rfarouni - Columbus, OH26/6/2013Timothy Hough - Boston, MA45/14/2013
- Smooth & Supple
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Good smooth red that mimics a Bordeaux43/26/201323/26/2013Never smoothed out, a little harsh at first, let it breathe and still a bit harsh.ACwine - Malvern, PA43/20/2013Agree with RP - simple but pleasant wine for daily consumptions that is properly priced41/19/201342/10/201332/1/2013Falls short of classic South Africa blends. I found it a chore to drink, but drink it I did.susan little - San Francisco, CA51/29/2013Aaron Jr - Chicago, IL411/8/2012deidominus - SLIDELL, LA410/15/2012Madelene Moore - Cedar Crest, NM39/19/2012Lee Calhoon - Brentwood, CA49/12/201234/27/2012Good
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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