As expected, this wine’s vines are next to a gravel quarry in Paarl, a region known for producing powerful reds. Big flavors of black currant and berry are balanced by a poised acidity and spicy wood character, and while assertive, the wine maintains an elegant, dry reserve. Drink now or wait 2–3 years.
Glen Carlou’s wines are far from shy and this delicious Meritage from Paarl has all of the bold notes you’d expect from this producer. The nose is elegant, with waves of cinnamon, tobacco and spice, and on the palate, flavors of red berry, spice and smoke are distinctive but harmonious. This is a wine that will continue to unfold as it ages.
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.
The nose starts with a delicate aroma of minerals, black currant and spice, and on the palate, layers of anise, cracked pepper and clove add a soulful touch. Sturdy tannins and a vibrant overall fruit profile give the wine a lift, but the package is balanced and smooth.
This sophisticated red offers aromas of mocha, smoke and cinnamon spice, and flavors of blackberry, pepper and smoke in a smooth, rich package. Complex and unfolding, with ripe tannins and a lingering finish. Pair with lamb, beef or game.
This is a top-end Chard from a very reputable producer. Sweet custardy notes of mango, pear and melon transition from the nose to mouth seamlessly, with accents of hazelnut and orange oil adding complexity to the long finish. Full and lusty with an overall decadent feel; drink now.
If big, ripe, oaky Chards are your thing, then this is one that’s certainly worth searching out. Rich and full with a round, creamy mouth, the wine offers full-blown flavors of pineapple, guava, orange creamsicle and banana cream pie all abound, followed by a nutty, sweet spice-flavored finish. Thankfully, there’s enough acid to keep things balanced and prevent the…
Notes of cocoa and oak-derived spice add depth to the ripe, dark fruit core of this wine. Black berry, cherry and plum flavors abound on the plush palate, framed by firm tannins and a thick, supple texture. Gripping plum-skin and cigar-box notes linger long on the finish.