What I Drank Last Night
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Oak Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Just about on par.

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 … [Read more...]

Glen Carlou Merlot 2011

Juicy lucy.

“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 … [Read more...]

Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2012

Then and now.

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 … [Read more...]

Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2012

Newly hatched.

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 … [Read more...]

Glen Carlou Pinot Noir 2010

Time for a revolution.

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 … [Read more...]

Peter Lehmann Stonewell Barossa Shiraz 2003

The BFG.

Glen Carlou is part of Hess Family Estates, the collection of wineries owned by Swiss businessman Donald Hess, and the Paarl winery was the venue for a tasting of some of the wines from its sister companies this past Friday. In addition to Glen … [Read more...]