Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2018

R190.00

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Description

Tasting Notes

“An absolutely stunning wine, with complete balance and sophisticated elegance. Hints of bell pepper mingle with chocolate and sweet berry nuances. Vibrant red fruit combined with plum and vanilla undertones and hints of tobacco leaf, all come together in this polished example of a rarely encountered full complement of Bordeaux varieties blended red. The palate is brimming with dark fruit and peppermint chocolate, with soft tannins and a velvety finish ”. Johnnie Calitz (winemaker)

Food Pairing

Beef sirloin, oxtail and smoked bone marrow croquette, celeriac puree, poached pear.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Varieties

The components used in Grand Classique, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot make up 85& of the blend, and Malbec and Petit Verdot the rest.

Harvest Date

February & March 2018

Analysis

Alc. 14.5%, R.S. 3.4g/L T.A. 7.0g/L, pH 3.28

Vinification

As the grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted, a process of minimal intervention followed, as all components were barrel matured for 18 months in 225 litre barriques. Gentle handling and absolute attention ensured the wine was kept as natural as possible with frequent punch downs and skin contact of 30 days. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc makeup more than 85% of the blend with Malbec and Petit Verdot adding the “salt & pepper’’ excitement.

Winemaker’s Note

“An absolutely stunning wine, with complete balance and sophisticated elegance. Hints of bell pepper mingle with chocolate and sweet berry nuances. Vibrant red fruit combined with plum and vanilla undertones and hints of tobacco leaf, all come together in this polished example of a rarely encountered full complement of Bordeaux varieties blended red. The palate is brimming with dark fruit and peppermint chocolate, with soft tannins and a velvety finish ”. Johnnie Calitz (winemaker)

Awards

Grand Classique 2016

  • Platter Guide 2020 – 4.5 stars

Grand Classique 2015

  • Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2018 – 90 points
  • Platter Guide 2019 – 4.5 stars
  • International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018 – Silver Outstanding
  • Neal Martin Vinous Report 2018 – 91 points
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2018 – Bronze
  • The Sommelier Selection 2018

Grand Classique 2013

  • Platters Guide  2018 – 4 stars

Grand Classique 2012

  • Silver: International Wine and Spirit competition: 2015
  • John Platter Guide 2016: 4 stars
  • John Platter Guide 2017: 4 stars

Grand Classique 2011

  • John Platter Guide 2015: 4 stars
  • Neil Martin, Wine Advocate: 86 points, October 2014
  • Silver: International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014
  • Taj Classic Wine Trophy 2014: Bacchus Trophy
  • Miguel Chan: 92 points
  • Tim Atkin: 88 points
  • Marc Hinton, Enobytes: 91 points

Grand Classique 2011

  • International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013 – Silver Outstanding
  • Platters Guide 2014 – 4 stars
  • Tim Atkin: 88 points
  • Marc Hinton, Enobytes: 91 points

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