Cabernet

Glass Collection

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Merlot
Syrah

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Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Estate Reserve

Estate Reserve
Estate Reserve Chardonnay

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Lady May

Lady May

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

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Glass Collection Chardonnay

Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay

This natural ferment and unoaked Chardonnay is a superb blend of freshness and complexity with wonderful length from spending time on the lees.

Aromas:

Citrus, papaya, pear, cloves, honeysuckle and melon.

Palate:

Round texture with length and intense fruit complexity. Mineral oyster shell finish.

Winemaking:

Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature and left on the lees to enhance mid-palate density and mouthfeel.

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Chardonnay

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2 - 4 Years

Ready to drink, short-term ageability

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Sushi, shellfish and poultry

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Latest Award

2016 - 89/100
Tim Atkin MW 2017

Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

The iconic Bordeaux varietal finds a unique expression at Glenelly, reflecting our unique terroir. Elegant, yet powerful, with a great concentration of fruit on the palate perfectly supported by well-integrated wood and fine tannins, it will age well for several years before reaching its peak.

Aromas:

Cassis, blackcurrant, mint, dried cherry, cigar box and cedar.

Palate:

Elegant tannins, flavours reminiscent of Black Forest cake.

Winemaking:

Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks, malolactic in French oak barrels and matured for 12 months.

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Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon

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4 - 8 Years

Likely to improve with age

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Pairing suggestion

Steak and game particularly venison

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Latest Award

2017
Gold Veritas 2019

Glass Collection Cabernet Franc

Glass Collection Cabernet Franc

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

Aromas:

Cedar, graphite, blackcurrant, cherry, mint and oregano.

Palate:

Round and balanced tannic structure.

Winemaking:

Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks, malolactic in French oak barrels and matured for 12 months.

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Cabernet Franc

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4 - 8 Years

Likely to improve with age

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Red meats like steak, game and venison

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Latest Award

2017 - 92/100
Tim Atkin MW 2019

Glass Collection Merlot

Glass Collection Merlot 2014

A true favourite of the family, Merlot was widely planted on our Bordeaux estates, and is showing its greatness at Glenelly as the vines mature.

Aromas:

Intense dark fruit aromas, cherry, cinnamon, cocoa and spicy plums.

Palate:

Tremendous concentration, richness and generous fruit. Fine and well-structured tannins.

Winemaking:

Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks, malolactic in French oak barrels and matured for 12 months.

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Blend

Merlot

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4 - 8 Years

Likely to improve with age

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Grilled steak, bacon and cheese

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Latest Award

2017
Gold Veritas 2019

Glass Collection Syrah

Glass Collection Syrah 2014

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'

Aromas:

White pepper, black olive, cinnamon, jasmine, bacon and spicy plums.

Palate:

Tremendous concentration and generous fruit with a velvety structure.

Winemaking:

Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks, malolactic in French oak barrels and matured for 12 months.

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Blend

Syrah

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4 - 8 Years

Likely to improve with age

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Game, ribs, beef and spicy sausage

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Latest Award

2017 - 91/100
Tim Atkin MW 2019

Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2014

The very precise and careful use of oak gives this wine an ‘Old World’ feel, coupled with a beautiful ‘New World’ fruit profile.

Aromas:

Vibrant citrus, lime, hints of vanilla with underlying minerality.

Palate:

Balance, minerality, complexity and richness, long lingering finish.

Winemaking:

Whole bunch pressed, naturally fermented in new and second fill 500L French oak barrels. Left on the lees for 9 months.

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Blend

Chardonnay

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4 - 8 Years

Likely to improve with age

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Veal, chicken, lobster and crab

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Latest Award

2018 - 92/100
Tim Atkin MW 2019

Estate Reserve

Estate Reserve 2011

The signature blend of the estate is a reflection of the old Claret style when Syrah was added to the traditional Bordeaux varieties.

Aromas:

Elegant bouquet of cassis, spicy plums and notes of toast in the background.

Palate:

Great intensity with fantastic freshness and fine elegant tannins.

Winemaking:

Hand sorted grapes. Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks, malolactic in French oak barrels and matured for 18 months.

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Blend

Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot

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10 - 15 Years

Perfect for long-term ageability

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Beef, veal and fine aged cheese

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Latest Award

2014 - 93/100
Tim Atkin MW 2019

2013 - 93/100
Tim Atkin MW 2018

2013 - 91/100
Vinous 2018

2013 - 91/100
Wine Mag.co.za 2018

Lady May

Lady May Wine

Our estate’s flagship wine, crafted from a single vineyard planted on a cool east-facing slope, it is elegant, distinguished and venerable like its owner.

Aromas:

Cassis, blackcurrant, dark cherry, a touch of graphite and delicate spices.

Palate:

Fresh and vibrant with flavours of fynbos. An exquisite structure with fine velvety tannins.

Winemaking:

Hand sorted grapes, spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic in French oak barrels, matured for 24 months.

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Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of other Bordeaux varietals

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4 - 8 Years

Perfect for long-term ageability

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Pairing suggestion

Grilled lamb, braised beef and venison

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Latest Award

2014 - 96/100
Tim Atkin MW 2019

Red Blends of the Year:
2013 - 95/100

Tim Atkin MW 2017

2013 - 95/100
Tim Atkin MW 2017

 

2013 - 4.5 stars
Platter 2018

2013 - 93/100
Vinous 2018

2013 - Gold
Veritas 2018

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.

Vineyard

The soil in the Western Cape is known as one of the oldest viticultural soils in the world: approximately 600 million years old.

Climate

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

As with the Médoc region in 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 west-facing slopes, Glenelly is blessed with a unique proportion of cooler east-facing slopes, allowing a more even and slower maturation of the grapes.

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.

Vineyard

Vineyard

The soil in the Western Cape is known as one of the oldest viticultural soils in the world: approximately 600 million years old.

Climate

Climate

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

As with the Médoc region in 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 west-facing slopes, Glenelly is blessed with a unique proportion of cooler east-facing slopes, allowing a more even and slower maturation of the grapes.

Winemaking Philoshophy

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’s most recognised coopers (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 the most ultra-modern wineries in the continent.

Besides providing a unique tool for the winemaker, functioning by gravity flow on 5 floors half underground, the environmentally friendly winery helps keep a very respectful and green footprint.

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