Glen Carlou, Cabernet sauvignon 2010, Paarl, South Africa.
100% cabernet sauvignon, coated cork closure, 14.5% abv. SA Wines Online, about £12+vat.
Soils/climate – warm dry summers and cold wet winters; variety of slopes and soils.
Vinification – 15 months in 2nd and 3rd fill oak barrels.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with strident aromas of ripe black currant and black cherry, preserved black cherries in alcohol, and with vanilla and a savoury notes.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium acidity, smooth well-integrated medium (+) tannins, high alcohol with a full body, and with a pronounced intensity, with flavours of ripe black currant and sweet black cherry, with vanilla and oaky notes, with a long length, and a medium (+) residual tannic grip.
Quality – a faultlessly made good quality wine, with lots of extract and concentration of ripe black fruit flavours, albeit not a complex wine; it’s a food wine (slow cooked beef casserole, similar with venison, or maybe a very thick caramelised tuna steak marinated in teriyaki sauce or soya and amontillado sherry with star anise) with ripe tannins; the wine is harmonious with a balance between acidity and alcohol. This wine should continue to improve for perhaps another 2-3 years.