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Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2019




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This wine is a beautiful showcase of our commitment to excellence. National Chardonnay Winner at the 2019 South African Young Wine Awards.

The fruit for this wine is sourced from ten different vineyard sites. All fruit for this wine is hand-harvested over a three week period resulting in a number of batches with varying sugar and acidity levels. The result is a well-balanced wine with elegance and restraint.

Glen Carlou uses special water-bent barrels from a cooper in France. These sophisticated barrels impart a light touching of oak and allow the fruit to express itself, producing Glen Carlou’s Classic Chardonnay style.

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Tasting Notes

Our much loved Chardonnay is regarded for its well integrated fruit with rounded oak maturation flavour profile.

The 2019 shows an exciting medium straw colour, with tinges of green on the rim, rich in citrus, green apples and oak nuance. 100% barrel fermented in French oak; furnish the wine with a toasted and creamy oak character, it is complemented by ripe pear, all together in perfect harmony. Excellent length with marmalade and an almond-flower finish, this wine is particularly well balanced with a crisp and clean acidity. The result, a stylish and Classic Chardonnay.


Chardonnay 2019

South African Young Wines – 2019 National Chardonnay Trophy Winner

2019 Sommelier’s Selection Wine List


Chardonnay 2018

Decanter World Wine Awards – Silver (90 points)


Chardonnay 2017

Michelangelo Awards 2018 – Double Gold
Veritas 2018 – Gold
Tim Atkin South Africa Report – 91 points
Neal Martin Report – 90 Points
The Sommeliers Selection 2018
Novare Terroir Wine Awards – National Trophy – Top Chardonnay
Novare Terroir Wine Awards – Top Chardonnay Paarl
International Wine and Spirits Competition 2017 –  Silver


Chardonnay 2016

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2018 – Bronze

Platter Guide 2018 – 4 stars

Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2017 -89 points


Chardonnay 2015

Sommelier’s Selection 2017: Full & Rich Whites
The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards 2016 – Gold
International Wine & Spirit competition 2016 – Silver
Mundus Vini Germany, 2016 – Silver
Platter Guide 2017: 4 stars


Chardonnay 2014

Taj Classic Wine Trophy 2015 – Bacchus Trophy
International Wine and Spirit competition, UK: 2015 – Silver
Michelangelo Wine Awards 2015 – Silver
Platter Guide 2016 – 4 stars


Chardonnay 2013

Platter Guide 2015 – 4 stars

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate 2014 – 87 points

Mundus Vini, Germany 2014 – Best White Wine South Africa

Internationl Wine and Spirits Competition 2014 – Silver

Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2014 – 86 points

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2014 – Gold

Additional Information


Chardonnay 100%

Harvest Date

Late January to late February


Alc. 13.5% R.S. 2.8 g/l T.A. 6.1 g/l pH 3.26


Harvested from 15 diverse sites, grapes were kept separate through the vinification process. Each batch was barrel fermented in water-bent® French oak split 25% between 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill


10 months of barrel aging

Bottling Date

October 2019

Winemaker’s Note

“Batch harvesting allows for different building blocks and complexity in the wine. Distinctive fresh citrus characters, green apple and pear notes are evident on the nose and palate. An extended and elegant aftertaste is supported by crisp acid and finely grained tannins. The water-bending® method for barrels prepares the oak for toasting in a way that results in a softer mouthfeel”. Johnnie Calitz

Food Pairing & Recipes

Enjoy with seabass with charred cherry tomato, aqua pazza, cannellini beans and green olive butter or pan seared scallops with cauliflower puree.

Recommended recipe:

Franschhoek trout with bone marrow ragout

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