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Cabernet Blend, 2012. Glen Carlou

Cabernet Blend, 2012. Glen Carlou

Item #: V0617R2IR
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Cabernet Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Paarl, South Africa
Color: Medium Crimson
Nose: Engaging Earth, Cherry
Palate: Medium Bodied
Finish: Light Cherry, Soft Tannins
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Game, Red Meat/Alcohol: 14.5%

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Glen Carlou is considered one of the finest wineries in South Africa. It was founded in 1985 by Donald Hess of Napa's famed Hess Collection. Glen Carlou boasts vineyards in what is considered to be one of the finest grape growing regions here, the Paarl Winelands.

Glen Carlou stands as a beacon of social and environmental responsibility. They are a founding member of the Paarl Chapter of Streetsmart, an organization which helps homeless children in Paarl. They also assist those in their community with the Klapmuts Community Trust which, among other things, assists in providing a meal for each student in the local school.

Closer to home, their restaurant at the winery serves only fish that are not on the endangered list, as per the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Using current technology that allows them tomonitor the weather, they are able to conserve on water usage and plan ahead. The herbicides and pesticides used at Glen Carlou are only used "when absolutely necessary" so as to provide fresh and eco-friendly wines. Speaking of ecofriendly, since 2010 their harvest has met the requirements for the Integrity & Sustainability seal, developed to push South Africa into producing sustainable wines.

All of this attention to the land and environment is conveyed through their sensational grapes and wines. Their immaculate vineyards are nurtured sustainably and thus make exemplary wine.

Our selection is a perfect example. It is fashioned in the shadow of Bordeaux with several similarities to it. From the crimson color through the scents of earth and cherry to the grand finish, it shines on.

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