Monday, November 06, 2006
When asked which winemaking region to watch, I reply, “South African wine is the next big thing.” Sure, the safer bet is Spanish wine, but who has time for the safe bet. True reward comes from standing up for what you believe, even if that means taking a risk. And though Spain is gaining popularity with those that like to travel and thus is gaining popularity among “wine tourists”, drinkers of wine will note that Spanish wine still has plenty of room for improvement. Not to say there aren’t great Spanish wines to be had. Rather, in my opinion, in the last 10 years no nation has improved their image and their wine as much as South Africa.
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2002 is a perfect example of the quality wines South Africa has to offer. A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Grand Classique opens with intriguing aromas of clove, sandalwood and fresh blackcurrant that are followed by a velvety smooth palate brimming with ripe berry fruit and well supported by supple tannins on gentle oak.
Of course listening to my opinion is just as silly as listen to those that will handy cap midterm elections. My guess is as good as theirs, but never the less it is only a guess, educated as is maybe. The future is for the people to decide and even a fortune teller can’t always be sure how the public will choose to speak out.
So while we wait for the passing of time to reveal our fate, I’ll continue to enjoy my bottle of Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2002. Don’t worry though, “I told you so” is such a cliché thing to say. I prefer a simple wink, a sly smile and the knowing statement “cheers.” Even when you are lucky enough to see the future their is no reason to brag, your time is best spent enjoying the wine.