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Glen Carlou Merlot 2013

Think Glen Carlou and you probably think Chardonnay but secreted away in their standard-label range called “Classic” is a tasty Merlot (yup, you read correctly). We liked the 2011 (see here) and we again like the newly released 2013. Matured for 15 months, 30% in third-fill barrels and 70% in 6000-litre vats, the wine shows [...]

March 20, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Chenin Blanc 2013

The Curator’s Collection series – consisting of a Chenin Blanc 2013 and a Pinot Noir 2011 – by Arco Laarman of Glen Carlou was a finalist in the recent Wine Label Design Awards. The idea here is “wine as art” – human agency coming into play to create a masterpiece. Nice concept, nice enough execution. [...]

March 5, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: On American investment in the South African wine industry

The release of the excellent new Capensis Chardonnay, and concomitant talk about the purchase of a Stellenbosch wine farm by the US company Jackson Family Wines, prompted thoughts of the extent of the American investment in Cape wine since 1994. The influx of star-spangled dollars – and star-spangled wine-people – has been greater than is [...]

January 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Oak Valley Pinot Noir 2012

In a less than stellar showing at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Pinot Noir collected no gold medals, a single silver (Paul Cluver 2012) and seven bronze, Véronique Drouhin-Boss, top Burgundian winemaker and international judge declaring that too many of the wines were “herbaceous and a bit bitter” going on to speculate that [...]

June 4, 2014
by Christian
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Glen Carlou Merlot 2011

“Charming” isn’t a term you apply to South African Merlot very often but that’s precisely what the 2011 from Paarl cellar Glen Carlou is. The wine spent 15 months in French oak barrels, 40% new and has a smart analysis: Abv 14%, RS 1.9g/l, TA 5.7g/l and pH 3.47. Red and black cherry, some floral [...]

April 2, 2014
by Christian
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Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2012

On Saturday, a lunch to celebrate the release of the 25th vintage of Chardonnay from Glen Carlou in Paarl. The property was of course established by the renowned Walter Finlayson but was later subsumed into Hess Family Estates, the collection of wineries owned by Swiss businessman Donald Hess – current winemaker Arco Laarman relates that [...]

April 15, 2013
by Christian
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Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2012

Production of the maiden Unwooded Chardonnay 2011 from Glen Carlou in Paarl amounted to one Nomblot egg (or 1 600 litres) and was sold exclusively via the winery’s tasting room and restaurant. The reception from punters the wine received was so positive that winemaker Arco Laarman purchased two more eggs prior to the 2012 harvest, [...]

December 10, 2012
by Christian
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Glen Carlou Pinot Noir 2010

Sipping on Glen Carlou Pinot Noir 2010 after watching !WAR – Women Art Revolution last night, I felt duly conscientised. I’ve always thought that referring to wine as either “feminine” or a “masculine” isn’t helpful and particularly so just then. !WAR – Women Art Revolution is a documentary by American artist Lynn Hershman Leeson about [...]

February 24, 2012
by Christian
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