Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay 2014



This Chardonnay is from Glen Carlou's oldest vineyard - planted in 1989 - and continuously produces an exceptional wine. On the nose the wine is bursting with aromas of orange marmalade, lemon custard and ripe stone fruits. The lively aromas are followed by layer after layer of poached pear and candied pineapple on the palate. The finish is fresh and full, perfect with food.

The estate covers 135 hectares of land in total of which 50 hectares are planted with vines. The Chardonnay grapes for this wine come exclusively from a single, mature vineyard which is planted in soils containing a generous percentage of quartz stone shards. The vines are 23 years old and planted predominantly in a north-west/south-east direction at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level. The vines are VSP (Vertical Spur Pruned) trained with two bud spur pruning and 101/14 root stock.

The 2014 vintage was similar to that of 2013, with just a bit more rainfall which benefited the dryland vineyards to produce high quality grapes. A bigger crop on the vines was thinned out at the beginning of January in order to balance growth and tonnage. Except for one heat wave towards the end of January, the much cooler temperatures at night caused the grapes to ripen slowly which helped to maintain the natural acidity on the grapes. Harvest took place in mid-February.

The grapes were whole bunch pressed on arrival at the winery and allowed to ferment with natural yeasts at temperatures between 15-22°C for 14-21 days: 90% in 225 and 400 litre French oak barrels and 10% in cement egg-shaped tanks. About 40% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. Ageing took place in 90% new French oak and 10% in cement tanks for a period of 11 months. Light filtration took place before bottling in January 2013.


13.5% abv

Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay 2014
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