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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2004

Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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Winemaker Notes

Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc

The wine is deep red with an intense and brilliant hue. On the nose are aromas of cloves, sandalwood, fresh cassis berries, and dark brambly fruit. Ripe tannins, full sweetness, clean, intense black berries and spice linger on the palate. The finish is long lasting, elegant and balanced with mouth- filling complexity.

The 2004 vintage is a smooth, rich wine with fruit forward character and ripe tannins which means it... View More

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Glen Carlou

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Glen Carlou, , South Africa
Glen Carlou
Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

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