Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

2008 Glen Carlou Cabernet Sauvignon, Gravel Quarry, South Africa

Grown in the Paarl region of South Africa, this red displays varietal character while maintaining a sense of terroir. Opaque dark crimson in color, it exudes aromas of cedar and spicy oak, all wrapped around a solid core of juicy cassis and black… Read more


2010 Glen Carlou ‘Grand Classique,’ South Africa

At a time when Bordeaux prices are high (when are they not, really?) and many California wineries are dealing with a challenging vintage, here’s a go-to wine for lovers of red blends. Cabernet Sauvignon comprises just over half of the cuvee,… Read more


2012 Glen Carlou Chardonnay, South Africa

Clear straw color. Rich scents of smoke and woodspice from 10 months in oak barrels nicely complement peach and lemon zest fruit notes. Buttery fruit and citrus coat the palate, following through to a moderately lingering finish. There was a time,… Read more


2009 Glen Carlou ‘Grand Classique,’ Paarl, South Africa

This Meritage-style red uses all five Bordeaux varietals. Smoky oak, tobacco and menthol/mint aromas mix with dusty cherry, black currant and other dark fruits. Once in the mouth, the wine picks up some licorice root flavors. A clean and balanced… Read more


2010 Glen Carlou Chardonnay, Paarl, South Africa

Light straw color. A pleasant nose of butter, vanilla, green apple and stone fruit. The entry to the palate is clean and bright, rounding out toward the finish, where it picks up some lemony tartness and a kiss of caramel. MSRP: $17 (March… Read more


2006 Glen Carlou ‘Grand Classique,’ Paarl, South Africa

This is a Bordeaux-style blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, joined by smaller portions of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Quite earthy in the nose, the fruit manages to fight through in the mouth, resulting in a quite complex… Read more


2009 Glen Carlou Chardonnay, Paarl, South Africa

This is a user-friendly, easy-drinking Chardonnay from the Paarl Valley, offering pear and pineapple flavors, joined by toasty oak and mineral notes. Very versatile with food, pairing nicely with everything from lightly seasoned chicken to simple… Read more


1991 Cathedral Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa

Good varietal nose showing ripe fruit. Some tannic bite at the finish. Purchase Price: $13 (November 1994) Wine Lines rating:… Read more


1992 Backsberg Merlot, South Africa

The perfumed nose has eucalyptus and mint, leading to dill-tinged black berry fruits. Purchase Price: $10 (November 1994) Wine Lines rating:… Read more


1993 De Wetshof Chardonnay, South Africa

Smoky oak, followed by sweet pineapple fruit and a touch of funky terroir. Purchase Price: $12 (November 1994) Wine Lines rating:… Read more