It was a very special day at Glen Carlou, honouring the creative efforts of winemaker Arco Laarman. Sometimes winemakers are restricted to working within a wine farm’s constraints – creating wines that the farm is most famous for. It’s a wonderful opportunity for a winemaker to work outside of those boundaries, and create interesting wines from small vineyard parcels that allow unique expression.
A culmination of Arco’s twentieth anniversary of working in the wine industry and five years leading the cellar at Glen Carlou, it was a milestone to celebrate. We were given a glimpse of Arco’s small batch wines, ‘The Curator’s Collection’, a range now available at the Glen Carlou tasting room and restaurant, as well as to its wine club members.
The range is evolving depending on different varieties and what Arco finds interesting or something he has an opportunity to explore. ‘It’s a great way for me to experiment, whether it is with different winemaking techniques or access to an interesting parcel of fruit,’ says Arco.
Some of the wines are a production of a little over 500 bottles, the exception being The Curator’s Collection Chenin Blanc which consists of 1500 bottles. The current wines available in the range are:
2013 The Curator’s Collection Chenin Blanc
2010 the Curator’s Collection Malbec
2011 The Curators Collection Tannat
Along with Arco, the hospitable staff at Glen Carlou and other wine writers, wine makers and journalists, we had the opportunity of not only tasting the collection, but experiencing it paired with food prepared by Chef Johan Stander. It was an auspicious moment that we are so grateful to have been part of, and if there’s anything we recommend, it’s a trip out to the beautiful vineyards of Glen Carlou to taste this stellar collection yourself (and take a few bottles home, before they all disappear).