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Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2019




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Made from early ripened Chardonnay grapes at 21 to 22 degrees bailing, this Chardonnay gets its complexity from the continual lees stirring movement in the Nomblot egg tank. The combination of good grapes and minimal intervention shows in the wine.

Glen Carlou is synonymous with Chardonnay, having successfully made two wooded Chardonnay styles for more than 30 years – our classic Chardonnay and our single-vineyard Quartz Stone Chardonnay.


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Tasting Notes

On the palate the wine has medium acidity with flavours of pineapple and quince; the lees give the wine a soft creamy finish. Often it is the creamy finish that creates a perception of sweetness, but the wine is nonetheless dry.

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Additional Information


Chardonnay 100%

Harvest Date

Mid February 2019


Alc. 12% R.S. 1.9g/l T.A. 7.6g/l pH 3.36


A charmingly textured wine is created from the extended and continual lees contact during the fermentation process in clay cement Nomblot eggs. The wine remained in the egg for 6 months before stabilising, filtering and bottling. The grapes were hand harvested from some of the older blocks.


Aged for 6 months unsulfured on heavy lees.

Bottling Date

August 2019

Winemaker’s Note

“Due to the oval design of the concrete Nomblot eggs, the wine is moved constantly in a vortex during fermentation. This action adds a great quality dimension to unwooded wines as the lees is continually moved, naturally. With well balanced acidity, this crisp fresh wine delights with peach and pineapple undertones.” Johnnie Calitz

Food Pairing & Recipes

Enjoy with fresh grilled prawns or fish, salmon fishcakes or vegetable terrine.

Recommended recipes:

Franschhoek trout with bone marrow ragout


Chilled tomato soup with tomato gelée


Country terrine with fig chutney

Fact Sheets

Unwooded Chardonnay 2018

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2018 – Gold


Unwooded Chardonnay 2015

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2016 – Gold

Platter Guide 2017 – 3.5 stars


Unwooded Chardonnay 2014

Platter Guide 2016 – 4 stars


Unwooded Chardonnay 2013

Platter Guide 2015 – 4 stars

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate 2014 – 85 points

International Wine and Spirits Competition 2014 – Silver


Unwooded Chardonnay 2012

Platter Guide 2013 – 3.5 stars

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