15/12/2013 – Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay

Wine of the Week – 1/12/2013
Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc seem to have become South Africa’s white wine calling cards, but the country produces some superb Chardonnay too, including this from a 24-year-old vineyard in Paarl that is given the full Burgundian treatment, including 11 months in all new French oak barriques. It is a beautifully pitched and balanced wine with a modest 13% alochol, that opens with copious butterscotch and creamy almond notes over pristine fruit. Small floral nuances add complexity. In the mouth it has a limpid, pure character, with creaminess and a lime-butter quality that is at the same time rich and tangy, poised and full-fruited. It finishes with a fine savoury acidity and tension too. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. 16.00-19.00, see all stockists on . See previous wines of the week in the