One only has to drink a glass of the sublime Glen Carlou Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 to know that this Paarl Estate’s winemaker Johnnie Calitz is on point and that even more excitement in the years ahead will come from here. Situated in the Simonsberg Paarl Wine Appellation, Glen Carlou faces the iconic Paarl Mountain on the east facing slopes of this iconic mountain. One of the first to face the rising sun, Glen Carlou has for a number of years produced premium wines, and more than a few innovations and exciting wine styles. The Glen Carlou Restaurant is under a 6 year spell of Johan Stander, a fly fishing chef. And as they say in the Michelin Guide, well worth a visit. Make a day of it, Glen Carlou has an exciting art collection, you can taste the wines [and put a couple of cases into your boot while you are at it] and return home after a happy day/
The Glen Carlou Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 is one of them. To my knowledge, the only Pinot Noir Rosé in the winelands. Pinot Noir is a soft skinned grape that is low in colour and is known to take its flavour from the soil in which it is grown and the weather conditions during the pre-harvest times. A classic from both Burgundy, where it makes some of the most serious of reds and Champagne where, usually blended with Chardonnay to make Champagne. In South Africa, I think it makes wonderful fresh and berry driven wines.
The grapes for the Glen Carlou Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 were picked in the early hours of the morning as the sun came up over the Franschhoek Pass. Taken to the cellar, they were whole bunch pressed and the juice taken to stainless tanks where cool fermentation took place in an oxygen free atmosphere. The wine was then prepared for bottling. It is preferable to drink this wine within two years of the harvest date for maximum enjoyment.
It looks like
Bottled in a clear glass Burgundy shaped bottle with screw cap. The label is simple, elegant and classic Glen Carlou stuff. In the glass, a gem bright cotton candy pink.
It smells like
Cherries and berries. Very beguiling aroma, begging you to have a taste.
It tastes like
From entry to tail, a generosity of berries and chunky watermelon. Undertow of old-fashioned pink rose aromas in a delicate wine which will refresh you.
It’s good with
As a glass on its own as a mid-morning refresher or a sundowner while you unwind at the end of a busy day. As a food companion it is excellent with the usual seafoods, plump prawns, or smoked salmon or salmon trout. The Glen Carlou Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 is so crisp and fresh it can take on the flavours of Nina Timm’s Baked Ravioli with Goat’s Cheese, a delicious match. Click here for her recipe.
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