Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2012
By Christian Eedes, 15 April 2013
On Saturday, a lunch to celebrate the release of the 25th vintage of Chardonnay from Glen Carlou in Paarl. The property was of course established by the renowned Walter Finlayson but was later subsumed into Hess Family Estates, the collection of wineries owned by Swiss businessman Donald Hess – current winemaker Arco Laarman relates that according to SAWIS records, less than 2 000 litres of wine were made in the maiden 1988 harvest while today total annual production is about 50 000 cases across the range.
The 2012 vintage of Chardonnay is very much in the house style, which is to say rich and ripe. Citrus and vanilla, a creamy texture and well integrated acidity – unrestrained but you’d have to be a real stick-in-the-mud not to enjoy this (price: R90 a bottle).