Glen Carlou Grand Classique red 2008, Paarl South Africa
Tasted September 2012
Grapes - Cabernet Sauvigon (52%), Malbec (16%), Merlot (14%), Petit Verdot (13%) and Cabernet Franc (5%)
Appearance - clear and bright, medium plus intensity ruby colour. Some visible tears.
Nose - clean, youthful, medium plus intensity aromas of ripe red cherry, plum, some blackberry, traces of dried fruit like fig, a slight animal note of leather and some toasty oak.
Palate - dry, medium acidity, medium plus tannin with a powdery texture, medium alcohol and body. Medium plus flavour intensity with lots of ripe red and black fruits, some spicy liquorice, kernal notes of dark chocolate, more defined the notes of fig, dried plum, tobacco, leather and a medium plus length with mineral earthy notes.
Conclusions (17/20) - very good quality wine, nice fruit concentration, generous and well defined. Fairly complex with the ripe character balanced by some savoury and spicy notes, clearly noticeable the Malbec influence in the blend. Very interesting wine that should keep well for the next 6 years.