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, resulting in sufficient quantities for a release into the general trade.
The 2012 (R78 a bottle) was fermented in egg before being transferred to tank to mature on the lees for six months. It’s a step up on the 2011 showing the same intriguing yeasty note but better fruit delineation and brighter acidity. Not Chablis but a smart enough glass of wine. Score: 16/20.