Tuesday, May 5, 2009
GLEN CARLOU CHARDONNAY 2007
The Grade: OUTSTANDING. The Mojo: The Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2007 from the Paarl in South Africa, is a remarkably affordable "best-of-both-worlds" style of Chardonnay, giving you the elegance and fruit panache of a white Burgundy, with the creamy oak presence you'd find in a California Chardonnay. 100% Chardonnay, this wine sees a majority of French oak aging, 30% of that new, with some new American oak aging for depth and character. Lots of green stone fruit in the nose, with a touch of roasted nuts, maple toffee, spice and butterscotch. The flavors on the palate are splashes of Golden Delicious apples, honeydew melon, notes of pineapple and nectarine, with a well-balanced finale of tropical fruit and vanillin oak. Though quite fruit-forward, the hint of malo- as well as the rich, creamy oak make this a real crowd pleaser.