Despite the significant difficulties of the preceding years of drought, a cooler ripening period and smaller crops produced berries with concentrated flavour and intense colour providing wines of notable quality. The grapes were handpicked in the early hours of the morning during which the first phase of sorting commenced.
The varieties were de-stemmed and not crushed. Whole berry fermentation and gentle punch downs ensured extra care, with extended skin contact of 30 days after fermentation on each lot. Only the wine recovered from a light pressing was then matured in 50% new and 50% seasoned French oak barrels for 18 months, where malolactic fermentation took place. Each component of this blend was kept separate until the final stages of blending.
Glen Carlou Grand Classique
An absolutely charming wine, offering a rarely encountered full complement of the famous 5 Bordeaux varieties, showcasing exquisite balance and sophisticated elegance. Aromas of bell pepper, chocolate and sweet red berry nuances mingle on the nose. Vibrant plum and vanilla undertones rounded by cedar hints, all come together on the palate of this genteel blend. The velvety finish is brimming with dark fruit and peppermint chocolate framed by soft tannins.