Paarl Valley, South Africa

Established in 1985, Glen Carlou is a relatively young estate which has built an enviable reputation as one of South Africa’s leading producers. Nestled in the heart of the Paarl Winelands, with vineyards at the foothills of the renowned Simonsberg Mountain, our grapes revel in their terroir.

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Quartz Stone Chardonnay

2016/2017

Estimated Retail Price $32.37
SKU 920306
Country South Africa
Region Paarl
Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Listing Open
Case Config. 6x750ml
Available In BC AB

Colour

Bright, lemon-lime yellow, with a golden hue.

Aroma

Lovely aroma of honey blossom, pineapples and pear.

Flavour

Rich, luscious mouth feel, medium body with balanced acidity; noticeable oak with a lingering finish.

Food Pairing

Best enjoyed with food such as langoustine, other fish or poultry dishes.

More Info

This limited-release wine derives its name from a single, mature vineyard planted in soils containing a generous percentage of quartz stone shards.

92 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Aug/2018

2017 -

"The 2017 Quartz Stone Chardonnay was 90% fermented in new French oak and the remainder in Nomblot concrete eggs for 11 months. The oak is nicely absorbed on the nose and neatly disguised (perhaps the concrete eggs make the crucial difference). The palate is well balanced, with a touch of honey on the entry intermingling with white peach and orange pith. The finish is nicely structured and feels long and tender in the mouth. Excellent."

 

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018

2017 -

SILVER 2018 in Chardonnay - WO Paarl - 2017-2016

90 pts

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, Apr/2017

2015 -

"The 2015 Quartz Stone Chardonnay offers attractive aromas of citrus peel, mango and subtle brioche scents that are neatly embroidered with the oak. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity, plenty of tightly-wound tropical fruit with touches of Chinese five spice and white pepper on the sustained finish. It's one of those Chardonnay's that you'll glug back because it's so moreish! Very fine."

90 pts

Robert Parker's the Wine Advocate, Nov/2015

2014 -

"The 2014 Quartz Stone Chardonnay has a similar deep color to the regular 2014 Chardonnay. The nose has more complexity with honey, pineapple and citrus fruit that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh citrus fruit, walnut and smoky notes, and is nicely focused with a smear of oak on the finish. This is a very seductive Chardonnay that should be consumed over the next 4-6 years."

90 pts

Wine Spectator, Nov/2015

2013 -

"A plump, well-fruited style, with ample ginger, pear and apple fruit flavors entwined with toasted hazelnut and candied citrus peel notes. Has a good racy edge through the finish to offset the bolder profile. Drink now through 2016."