Glen Carlou is a place where passionate people do passionate things. Like make truly sublime wines. Wines which are award winning and loved by many. Johnnie Calitz, the Estate’s winemaker, really has the feel of the vineyards and the cellar. The Glen Carlou Vineyards Chardonnay 2017 is proof of this.
The grapes for the Glen Carlou Vineyards Chardonnay 2017 from the east facing slopes of the Simonsberg in the Simonsig Paarl Wine Appellation. The vineyards on the rolling foothills offer differing altitudes and aspects. New vineyard plantings are taking place since the property was back in local ownership when in 2016 Glen Carlou was purchased by a South African family consortium. Once in the cellar the bunches were destalked, and the grapes crushed. Fermentation took place in water bent French oak barrels split between 30% new and 2nd, 30% 3rd and 10% 4th and 5th fill, followed by maturation for a further period of 10 months. After this the wine was prepared for bottling.
From a vine leaf green Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is classic simple Glen Carlou in two parts. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw, gem bright. As a result of harvesting at different times in the ideal ripeness window, there are separate vinifications which are blends to create the final wine. Classic citrus, windfall oranges and sweet tropical limes, Granny Smith Apples and pear drops are found on the nose and on the generous palate, a full midpalate and a long lingering crisp and soft spice, aftertaste. Brilliant wine just to hold in your mouth and enjoy all the complexities and layers. Eminently drinkable now. Cool cellared it will only get better over five years from harvest.
This is a sipper rather than a quaffer. Sundown time, or as an aperitif to a meal leading into the first course. Alida Ryder’s wonderfully retro Prawn Cocktail Stuffed Avocados are the perfect match. Click HERE for her recipe. Known as Avocado Ritz in the 1960s it was the ubiquitous dinner party starter at the time I lived in London in 1968.
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