Glen Carlou the Wine Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the east facing side of the Simonsberg, a mountain which dominates both the Stellenbosch, on its western side and Paarl and Franschhoek Wine Appellations on its East facing signs. Dawn light shines first on this now South African owned Wine Estate where Johnnie Calitz is making some sublime wines. You might find that the 2018 vintage of the Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay will be one your wine shop shelves or restaurant wine lists.
90% of the juice for the Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay 2017 was fermented in all new 225 litre French oak barrels and matured for 11 months. 10% was fermented and matured in the now commonly Nomblot Concrete Egg Fermenter. The wine was prepared for bottling. The wine will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The two-part label is elegant, black with gold printing on it. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw in colour. The aromas are of windfall citrus, ripe fleshed white peaches and fresh sliced Granny Smith apples. From entry the wine is full and soft and round, with a thread of citrus acidity running through to the long and satisfying entry. The mid palate reflects the oak, marzipan and a good homemade three citrus preserve.
This is very much a food wine. Serve it chilled but not too cold. It is a white wine pretending to be a red wine, so give the flavours a chance. I think a wine like this deserves a dish it can accompany, a simple elegant well-cooked meal. For me, Chardonnay and Chicken are great partners. Dianne Bibby’s Buttered Roasted Chicken ticks all the boxes. Click here for Dianne’s Recipe.
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