Think Glen Carlou and you probably think Chardonnay but secreted away in their standard-label range called “Classic” is a tasty Merlot (yup, you read correctly). We liked the 2011 (see here) and we again like the newly released 2013.
Matured for 15 months, 30% in third-fill barrels and 70% in 6000-litre vats, the wine shows admirable lightness of touch. Red and black fruit plus a little oyster shell on the nose (Paarl’s warmer climate evidently offsetting the greenness that marks so many other local examples of the variety) while the palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Perhaps lacks a bit of mid-palate but at R83 a bottle, this is good everyday drinking.