Saturday, July 20, 2013

Glen Carlou "Celebrating 25 years of Chardonnay" 2012 95 Points

Limited release of only 1000 bottles from acclaim Quartz Stone Single Vineyard to celebrate 25 years of excellence in Chardonnay productions ("green label", unwooded & single vineyard) Glen Carlou is without a doubt THE undisputed Paarl champion as well as one of South Africa's and the world most consistent and finest Chardonnay growers, in fact if ever one day there will be an official South African classification aiming at rubbing shoulders with Burgundies icons their single vineyards deserve  the recognition of being "Grand Cru / First Growth", no debate, full stop.
Corton cross Chevalier Montrachet inspired offerings, captivating, profound, bright, perfectly ripe, precise, focus and laser like acidity beaming with energy, Head Winemaker Arco Laarman, most captivating chardonnay to date, this is world class.

Bottle 337 of 1000 tasted blind alongside 2 Grand Cru Burgundies

Alcohol: moderate | 13% abv

Origin: Paarl

Notes: citrus | orange blossom | tangerine | hazelnut | toast

Ideal drinking occasions: very special occasions, wedding anniversary, engagement....

Serve with: veal rib roast, Bearnaise sauce, wilted baby spinach truffle scented oil

Drink: irresistible now, yet will last until 2025+