Today I enjoyed a dinner with my family. A hearty beef stew and a bottle of Glen Carlou Syrah 2004 (South Africa). I don’t know which was fuller bodied. Both amazing. The beef stew, made with steak, potatoes, onions, carrots, turnips, peas and more.
Glen Carlou is a premium winery in South Africa. They have many times won the best wine in South Africa. This wine had a whiff of green olives as soon as I opened the bottle, which quickly evolved to pencil leads. In the glass, the wine was opaque as can be, with a slight bit of garnet at the edge of the glass. In the mouth, it was very full bodied; heavy. Almost the same as a port-feel. The wine evolved over dinner. Many different flavours of blueberries, currants, tar, coffee, chocolate as well as oak. At 14.5% alcohol, you could not tell as the fruit and such round mouthfeel balanced it all out.
If you have a chance to buy a bottle of Glen Carlou wine, whether it is Syrah, or another varietal wine, give it a try. Their wines tend to be in the general listing category, and really well priced. I think I paid around $24 for this bottle a few years back. Enjoy!