Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Mourvèdre 2014

It’s all change at Paarl winery Glen Carlou with businessman Wayne Pitout acquiring it last year from Hess Family Wine Estates and Johnnie Calitz, previously of Anura, replacing Arco Laarman as winemaker. It remains to be seen where Calitz takes Glen Carlou wines stylistically but Laarman has left behind a smart Mourvèdre 2014 under the […]

February 14, 2017
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Change of winemaker at Glen Carlou

Johnnie Calitz, previously of Anura, takes over as head winemaker at Paarl property Glen Carlou as of this month. Outgoing winemaker Arco Laarman, who has worked at Glen Carlou for 17 years, wiill be involved with the 2017 harvest in an advisory role to ensure style consistency. Laarman resigned from Glen Carlou to commence his […]

October 5, 2016
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Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Chenin Blanc 2015

The Curator’s Collection are a series of small-batch wines that allow Glen Carlou winemaker Arco Laarman to get his groove on and the Chenin Blanc 2015 from 30-year-old Swartland bushvines is discotastic. Fermented and matured for  five months in second- and third-fill French oak barrels, the wine shows yellow peach, spice, a little earthiness plus […]

June 3, 2016
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Glen Carlou Merlot 2013

Think Glen Carlou and you probably think Chardonnay but secreted away in their standard-label range called “Classic” is a tasty Merlot (yup, you read correctly). We liked the 2011 (see here) and we again like the newly released 2013. Matured for 15 months, 30% in third-fill barrels and 70% in 6000-litre vats, the wine shows […]

March 20, 2015
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Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Chenin Blanc 2013

The Curator’s Collection series – consisting of a Chenin Blanc 2013 and a Pinot Noir 2011 – by Arco Laarman of Glen Carlou was a finalist in the recent Wine Label Design Awards. The idea here is “wine as art” – human agency coming into play to create a masterpiece. Nice concept, nice enough execution. […]

March 5, 2015
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Tim James: On American investment in the South African wine industry

The release of the excellent new Capensis Chardonnay, and concomitant talk about the purchase of a Stellenbosch wine farm by the US company Jackson Family Wines, prompted thoughts of the extent of the American investment in Cape wine since 1994. The influx of star-spangled dollars – and star-spangled wine-people – has been greater than is […]

January 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Oak Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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 that too many of the wines were “herbaceous and a bit bitter” going on to speculate that […]

June 4, 2014
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Glen Carlou Merlot 2011

“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 5.7g/l and pH 3.47. Red and black cherry, some floral […]

April 2, 2014
by Christian
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