Glen Carlou is in a perfect situation in the Paarl Wine Appellation. Facing the morning sun, the Estate has been a producer of fine wines since its establishment in 1985. Now under reasonably new ownership, a new winemaker Johnnie Calitz [interestingly from Calitzdorp] the Estate is small but a big player in terms of top South African Wines. The Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Mourvèdre 2014 is a fine example of the grape and a good fingerprint of the vintage.
The grapes for the Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Mourvèdre 2014 were harvested and brought to the cellar and fermented for 14 days in stainless steel tanks. Pump overs took place three to four times a day and the fermentation was followed by one to two weeks of maceration on the skins. After pressing the wine spent 2 years in previous fill French oak barrels and was then prepared for bottling. Only 4104 bottles were made.
It looks like
Bottled in a Burgundy shaped bottle, appropriate for a Mediterranean wine grape. The livery is artisanal and very attractive, In the glass, the wine is a deep blackcurrant colour at the core which pales out to ruby at the edges.
Smells and tastes
Blackcurrant to the fore with soft dried yellow fleshed peaches, fynbos herbaceousness and sweet brown spices. From entry, the fruit is very appealing, palate filling, the oak in supporting undertow. The cashmere clad tannins are well interwoven with the fruit, the acidity in the long and gently waning aftertaste.
It’s good with
Robust, tomato based dishes, spicy foods like tagines and North African dishes, and hearty vegetarian main courses. Alida Ryder’s Moroccan Chicken Salad is a perfect foil to this wine. Do chill it in an ice bucket for about 30 minutes before serving. Click here for her recipe.
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