2010 Glen Carlou Chardonnay Paarl

SKU #1095978 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Entirely fermented in barrel with 30% new oak, the 2010 Chardonnay has an attractive nose of beeswax, honeysuckle and apple-blossom that carries the oak well. The palate is medium-bodied with fine waxy texture, good acidity with a light, elegant, caramel-tinged finish. This is good value South African Chardonnay. Drink now-2018+  (8/ 2011)

89 points Wine Enthusiast

 Hereís a ripe, lush Chardonnay thatís brimming with succulent notes of grilled apple, peach, toasted brioche and baking spice. It boasts a full, creamy mouthfeel, with a good acidic lift on the finish, alongside hints of peach pit and orange oil. Hess Collection.  (11/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 This good, crowd-pleasing Chardonnay shows pear and apple fruit backed by light almond and salted butter hints, which keep this lively. Drink now.  (10/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Glen Carlou is known for their Chardonnay bottling which is among the most consistant and best values available at the price point. It was fermented in 30% new French oak where it aged for an additional 10 months. A bright yellow-green hue hints at the nose of citrus and green apples with a trace of oak. The generous palate has a soft texture with stone fruit and citrus underpinned by vanilla. The clean and crunchy finish ends with a hint of meyer lemon.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/30/2012  | Send Email
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Packed with rich orchard fruit, honeysuckle, and toasty vanilla toned oak. Great Value! Perfect if you like CA chard and want to try something new.
Top Value!

By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/5/2012  | Send Email
We are all used to seeing great value Chardonnays coming from California and France, but we often overlook the smaller up-and-coming regions like South Africa! This classic Chard delivers in every sense of the word! Its balanced with good acid, it has nicely integrated oak, lots of citrus and stone fruit on the plate, and its an amazing Value at $12.99 with Screw top for easy entertaining! This is gonna be a crowd pleaser for sure! stock up!

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 14