Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

R424.00

This wine has a deep crimson appearance and offers a rich bouquet of dark chocolate, along with primary fruits like blueberries and blackberries. These flavour profiles are carried through to the palate, with balanced oak, hints of cedar and some tobacco leaf. The tannins are fine and clean with well balanced acidity.

The wine has a deep crimson appearance and offers a rich bouquet of dark chocolate, along with primary fruits like black cherry and currents. These flavour profiles are carried through to the palate, with balanced oak, hints of cinnamon and pine needles. It will age exceptionally well.

Each year the vineyards that produce fruit of great depths and concentration are selected for this prestigious wine.

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Description

Tasting Notes

The nose shows layers of ripe blackcurrants, red berries, mulberries and hints of cedar and walnuts. A balanced wine, with a flavourful palate rounded out by subtle oak spice and firm tannins.

Food Pairing & Recipes

Best enjoyed with prime rib on the bone or a slow cooked lamb dish.

Recommended recipe:

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Harvest Date

March 2015

Analysis

Alc: 14%, RS 1.8g/l, TA 6.2g/l, pH 3.44

Fermentation

Fermentation was initiated in 400l open top oak barrels and 4-ton open steel tanks. Half of the total crush fermented naturally, the other was inoculated.

Roughly 70% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation.

Ageing

Free run and press juice were kept separate with only the most delicate wine transferred to 225l French barrels for 24 months.

Bottling Date

August 2017

Enjoy With

Richly flavoured meats like ostrich or venison

Winemaker’s Note

The 2015 vintage was truly a spectacular year for Cabernet and this release is an excellent example of a full bodied fundamental Cabernet. The nose shows layers of ripe blackcurrants, red berries, mulberries and hints of cedar and walnuts. A balanced wine, with a flavourful palate rounded out by subtle oak spice and firm tannins. I am delighted that the 2019 Platter Wine Guide awarded this wine 4.5 Stars.

Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

  • Platter Guide 2020 – 4.5 stars (93 points)
  • Tim Atkin South Africa Report – 91 Points

Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • Platter Guide 2019 – 4.5 stars

Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

  • Tim Atkins Master of Wine 2017 Medals of Excellence Report – 91 points
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016 – Silver
  • Platter Guide 2017 – 4.5 stars * and listed under “Highly recommended”

Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

  • Platter Guide 2016 – 4.5 stars
  • Decanter, UK: 2015 – Gold
  • International Wine and Spirit competition, UK: 2015 – Gold Outstanding
  • Veritas Wine Awards 2015 – Silver

Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

  • Platter Guide 2015 -4.5 stars
  • Platter Guide 2013 – 4.5 stars
  • Neal Martin, WIne Advocate – 84 points
  • International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014 – Silver
  • Tim Atkin South Africa Report – 91 points
  • International Wine Challenge 2014 – Silver
  • Decanter Wine Awards 2014 – Silver
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards 2014 – Double Gold

Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

  • Platter Guide 2011 – 4.5 stars
  • Classic Wine Trophy 2012 – Gold
  • Wine Advocate – 92 points
  • Wine Spectator – 90 points Outstanding

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