Wednesday, 5 November 2008

TN : Glen Carlou Syrah 2005, Wine of Origin Paarl, South Africa

This wine was handcrafted by David Finlayson. It is a wine from the Hess Group.

The blend is 94% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, and 1% Viognier. The grapes were harvested in mid February 2005. It was fermented in 50% new and second fill 225 litre French oak barrels and 50% new American oak barrels. The wine was aged for 12 months in Allier French oak and American Minnesota white oak barrels. The TA was 6.9 grammes per litre, pH was 3.42, and the residual sugar was 2.9 grammes per litre. The wine was bottled on the 12th January 2006.

The burnt rubber on this wine spoilt what was great fruit. Far too many red wines from South Africa seem to have this characteristic.

Colour : Dark cassis

Aroma : Smoke, blackcurrant, violets, black cherry

Taste : Lively bright acidity, burnt toast and rubber on finish, blackcurrant, cherry, red fruits, currants, long finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 183 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Glen Carlou

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