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HIGH FIVE FOR FIVE GRAPE VARIETIES

HIGH FIVE FOR FIVE GRAPE VARIETIES

The Simonsberg-Paarl region of South Africa’s Western Cape, with its slopes, aspect and vineyard blocks, is home to plantings of the classic five Bordeaux grape varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Despite there being a variety of soil types over their 50 hectares of vineyards, all have varying amounts of decomposed granite distributed over clay subsoils. This allows for sufficient water drainage as well as retention, depending on climate conditions over the growing season. The different parcels of the five grape varietals, fermented and aged separately in 225 L French barriques, are blended to make up the final cuvee before bottling. Both Cabernets and the Merlot make up 85% of the blend, with the Malbec and Petit Verdot adding the “salt and pepper” component to round out offering. We must not forget to mention Phillip Theron, integral member of the winemaking team. He was awarded the 2020 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year Award. We haven’t been able to confirm yet whether he is related to South African-born, Hollywood heartthrob, Charlize Theron. But back to the wine. Beautifully balanced, there are hints of chocolate, berry and bell peppers which are offset by tobacco, plum and vanilla. The palate is brimming with dark red fruits and chocolate and finishes with soft tannins and velvety mouth feel. It received a Double Gold medal at South Africa’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Competition. Enjoy with a medium done prime rib.

GLEN CARLOU 2018 GRAND CLASSIQUE V173880, $22.95

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