Glen Carlou un-wooded Chardonnay 2012
The famous white variety Chardonnay is grown in most wine making countries and arguably produces the very best of dry white wines as well as the finest of Champagnes. The grape can be grown with relative ease and it is not problematic in the winery. However in the past several followers went off the variety as they were finding copious amounts of indifferent, alcoholic and over extracted examples being offered. This ‘ABC’ (Anything But Chardonnay) catchphrase was thought to have been the result of wine makers becoming too relaxed due to the ease of making this style of wine. However as the variety can generate good income for wineries, winemakers changed their approach and find it an attractive challenge to produce a Chardonnay (oaked or un oaked) of outstanding quality.
Paarl producer, Glen Carlou, is a winery well known for its fine oaked Chardonnays which have a reputation of consistent quality vintage upon vintage. From their Prestige range they have the Quartz Stone Chardonnay made from the oldest Chardonnay vines on the property and is fermented using the wild yeasts present. The cellars legendary Chardonnay is from the Classic range which offers delightfully rich, creamy butterscotch flavours and favours fuller creamier styles of food. However to celebrate their 25th harvest they have welcomed a new baby into the family with the introduction of their first un wooded Chardonnay. It is also their first wine to be released showing off their new branding and packaging which I liked immensely. The bottle is sealed using the modern screw cap which has a classy touch by adding a raised embossed logo on its top. Wine maker Arco Laarman ferments the wine in Glen Carlou’s newly acquired French designed Nomblot egg-shaped cement tanks and once fermented leaves it for six months on its lees. The result is a delicious complex wine which Arco describes aptly as a wine which exhibits subtle green melon and lemon lime characters on the nose whilst the palate offers white peach and honey flavour with a tang of green apples. Added to this we found a lovely rich creaminess resulting from the extended lees contact, and were happy to learn that very little preservative has being used throughout the making of the wine.
It’s a perfect wine to drink with or without food and after a couple of glasses at lunch on Sunday this weekend we continued to experience the pleasure it offered with a bowl of creamy Smoked Salmon pasta.
Expect to pay: R90.00