Located in Paarl, at the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains, Glen Carlou was established in 1985 and has been a part of the Hess Family Estates since 2003. It is run with the same dedication to quality, sustainability and social responsibility as the other Hess Estates around the world. A member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), Glen Carlou, has two hectares of land dedicated entirely to the preservation of native flora and fauna. In addition to BWI, Glen Carlou also has IPW (Integrated Production of Wine) accreditation. This accreditation covers conservation, sustainability, integrated pest management, health of workers and reduction of greenhouse emissions. The estate is likewise committed to its local community and was a founding member of the Klapmuts Community Trust which provides housing benefits for permanent staff, and school children with meals.
The estate covers 135 hectares of land in total of which 50 hectares are planted with vines. The vines are between 10-20 years old and planted predominantly in a north-west/south-east direction at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level. The vines are trained in a vertical shoot position, with two bud spur pruning.
The Chardonnay grapes were whole bunch pressed with no cold soak or skin contact. After settling, the juice was inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented in French oak barrels at temperatures between 15-20°C for 7-10 days. About 40% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine then aged for 10 months in 30% new, 30% second use, 30% third use and 10% fourth use French oak barrels, before a light filtration and bottling in January 2015. It spent three months in bottle before release.
This well-structured and balanced Chardonnay has great tropical fruit with hints of peach and poached pear on the nose. On the palate the wine delivers lifted varietal characters of melon, stone fruits and citrus which are enriched by the creamy palate. The finish envelopes refreshing acidity which is nicely integrated with great mouth feel. A clean and bright wine, with well-structured oak influences due to barrel fermentation in new and aged French oak
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Name Klippenkop Chenin Blanc Country South Africa Region Paarl ABV% 14% Vintage 2014 Grape Variety 100% Chardonnay Size 750ml Dietary Information No