2008 Glen Carlou "Grand Classique" Bordeaux Blend Paarl (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1072211

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most recent release is the 2008 Grand Classique, a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 14% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, and it is the first vintage that has seen 18 rather than 24 months of oak (40% new). The nose is refined and elegant with blackberry, cedar and a touch of cigar box whilst the palate is medium-bodied with harmonious blackberry, wild strawberry and tart red cherries. Understated and very well balanced, this is a succinct expression of South African Cabernet. Drink now-2017." 91 points and Editor's Choice The Wine Enthusiast: "This blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon,16% Malbec, 14% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc offers a minty character that prevails among the intense black plum and berry aromas and flavors. Well-integrated, with a decadent crushed velvet texture and a long oak-kissed finish reminiscent of dark chocolate-covered cherries." According to Wine Spectator: "Quite toasty, with ample mocha and roasted fig notes up front, followed by cassis, bacon and mesquite on the back end. The toasty edge holds sway on the lightly firm finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now." (09/11)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/27/2011  | Send Email
Fans of Bordeaux from the Left-Bank will appreciate the dark, brooding, earthy nose on Cabernet blend from South Africa. The palate is medium-bodied, with well-defined tannins framing a core of plummy, meaty fruit and a mineral-driven finish. The uniquely South African savory, "animal" component comes through but is not overpowering; rather it weaves seamlessly through the layers of fruit and smokey oak for a result that suggests Bordeaux without denying serious South African roots.

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/20/2011  | Send Email
Wow, this blend of the five Bordeaux varietals WAY over delivers.The bouquet shows a Graves-like character with notes of cedar, tobacco leaf, dark plum, black cherry, dusty cumin spice, earth and a hint of new leather. On the palate there are fine supple tannins with good acidity and very fine balance and length. This is crazy good for $15.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.