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Glass Collection

Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay Merlot Syrah

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Estate Reserve

Estate Reserve Estate Reserve Chardonnay

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Lady May

Our estate’s flagship Cabernet is sourced from a single vineyard.

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Glass Collection Chardonnay

Chardonnay “au naturel” (ie: withouth oak). This wine is refreshing, mineral and very clean, but also shows also a nice weight in the mid-palate.

Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

The iconic Bordeaux varietal finds a unique expression on our terroir. Elegant, yet powerful, it will age several years before reaching its peak.

Glass Collection Cabernet Franc

The most recent addition to the Glass Collection range, planted on the highest parcels of the farm. It displays real elegance and freshness.

Glass Collection Merlot

A true favourite of the family, Merlot was widely planted on our Bordeaux estates. With vines older than 10 years now, it starts showing its greatness.

Glass Collection Syrah

Ideally suited to the Mediterranean climate of Stellenbosch, our wine is reminiscent of the elegant Syrah of the Northern Rhône. A 'Syrah' rather than a ‘Shiraz'

Estate Reserve Chardonnay

The very precise and careful use of oak barrels gives this wine a very “Old World” feel, coupled with a beautiful “New World” fruit profile

Estate Reserve

The Signature blend of the Estate, ‘Hermitagé’, going back to the old Claret styles when Syrah was added to the traditional Bordeaux varieties.

Lady May

Our Estate’s flagship wine, crafted from a single vineyard planted on a cool East facing slope. Elegant, distinguished and venerable like its owner.

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Viticultural approach

Viticultural approach

Viticulturist Heinrich Louw manages the vineyard with great attention, minimal intervention and sustainable techniques.

Grapes are picked early to allow for lower alcohol levels whilst retaining freshness and good tannins.

Intensive sorting and care is taken when receiving the grapes at the winery.

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Vineyard

Vineyard

On the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountain, in the centre of a panoramic circle of mountains, the soil consists of decomposed granite with a high clay content, allowing good drainage and the vines to grow deep roots. The soil in the Western Cape is known as one of the oldest viticultural soils in the world: approximately 600 million years old.

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Climate

Climate

The Cape winelands is a temperate region located on the 35th parallel South.

As with the Medoc of Bordeaux, the Cape vineyards are located between two bodies of water, the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean, and enjoy a microclimate conducive to good grape ripening.

While most Stellenbosch vineyards are planted on western facing slopes, Glenelly is blessed by a unique proportion of cooler eastern-facing slopes, allowing a more even and slower maturation of the fruits.

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Winemaking philosophy

Winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain and assistant Jerome Likwa endeavour to make Glenelly wines as naturally as possible with wild yeast fermentation and no acidification.

The team follows a minimal intervention approach to winemaking yet intensive sorting and care is taken when receiving the grapes.

We use France most recognised barrel makers (mostly from Taransaud, Boutes and Sylvain) to ensure a gentle and precise elevage, preserving the identity of the terroir of Glenelly.

Hygiene is of utmost importance in the cellar and a combination of both hot water and ozonated water is used for cleaning.

Sustainability

Fruit of the collaboration between a team of Swiss and South African architects, the 6,000 m2 building was erected in 2009 as one of most modern wineries in the continent.

Besides providing a unique tool for the winemaker, functioning by gravity flow on 5 floors half underground, it helps keep a very respectful and green footprint, preserving the stunning surroundings.

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