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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2016




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Striving towards the perfect blended balance, this complex yet elegant wine has a vibrant dark red colour with hints of herbal and violet aromas folded into layers of fruit, dark chocolate and savoury notes.

It is smooth and supple on the palate with ripe tannins, good concentration and persistent plush finish.

The name Bordeaux derives from the French au bord de l’eau which means “along the waters”. Bordeaux red wine is typically Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.


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Tasting Notes

This wine displays integrated cassis and blackberry fruits with hints of cinnamon and spice on the nose. It exhibits ripe and concentrated briary fruit with cherry and chocolate flavours on the palate. It has a long finish, balanced by fine tannins, a rich texture and subtle acidity.


Grand Classique 2016

Platter Guide 2020 – 4.5 stars


Grand Classique 2015

Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2018 – 90 points

Platter Guide 2019 – 4.5 stars

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018 – Silver Outstanding

Neal Martin Vinous Report 2018 – 91 points

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2018 – Bronze

The Sommelier Selection 2018


Grand Classique 2013

Platters Guide  2018 – 4 stars


Grand Classique 2012

Silver: International Wine and Spirit competition: 2015
John Platter Guide 2016: 4 stars
John Platter Guide 2017: 4 stars


Grand Classique 2011

John Platter Guide 2015: 4 stars
Neil Martin, Wine Advocate: 86 points, October 2014
Silver: International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014
Taj Classic Wine Trophy 2014: Bacchus Trophy
Miguel Chan: 92 points
Tim Atkin: 88 points
Marc Hinton, Enobytes: 91 points


Grand Classique 2011

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013 – Silver Outstanding

Platters Guide 2014 – 4 stars

Additional Information


The components used in Grand Classique, a blend of 25% each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, with 13% Merlot and 12% Petit Verdot,

Harvest Date

February & March 2016


Alc. 14.5% R.S. 2.3g/l T.A. 7.0g/l pH 3.44


Varietals are all individually vinified to allow for the development of each one’s unique character. After assemblage the blend is barrel matured in 225L French barriques for 18 months. The mouthfeel is richly textured with a firm yet accessible tannin structure.


18 months: 30% new French oak (225 litre, 40% second fill and 30% third fill French oak (225 litre)

Bottling Date

September 2018

Winemaker’s Note

“Handpicked grapes for this wine were vinified sepa-rately until it was time to blend. A firmly structured palate, of fine grained tannins and a line of natural acidity, frames the combination of red and blackberry fruit. Expect to find soft spices, dense fruit and layers of dark chocolate, along with classic Cabernet cigar box and red cherry notes. This full-bodied, well balanced wine and has a long-lasting flavour of liquorice and mint leaves.”- Johnnie Calitz

Food Pairing & Recipes

Enjoy with beef sirloin, oxtail and smoked bone marrow croquette, celeriac puree, poached pear, celeriac and hazelnut dressing.

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