Wine Spectator 90 points - A ripe, lush style, offering creamed pear, ginger and apple notes woven with a toasted hazelnut hint. This is stylish and lengthy on the finish. Drink now. 500 cases imported.-JM
(Dec 15 2014)
Vinous 91 points - (all barrel-fermented, mostly in 500-liter barrels, then aged in 35% new oak with no batonnage; 75% of this wine went through malolactic fermentation): Bright straw-yellow with green highlights. Sexy smoky vanillin oak complements ripe peach and pear on the nose, with a high note of limey marmalade providing lift. Distinctly more glyceral than the unoaked Glass Collection bottling, and a touch sweeter too at 2.6 g/l r.s., but harmonious acidity gives clarity to the seamless middle palate. If the unwooded Chardonnay shows pear and ruby grapefruit, this is more lime zest, but both wines share an underlying mineral stoniness from a heavy quartz layer in the soil. Finishes saline, clean and long.
A beautifully complex Chardonnay fermented and aged in new 500 litre French oak barrels.
|The Glenelly Estate is in the Ida’s Valley, located in Stellenbosch, on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. Its origins date back to the seventeenth century. Simon van der Stel, Governor of the Cape, gave the land to the Huguenot Francois Villion. In 1812, the estate passed to Johan Peter de Villiers, and finally in 1911 it became the property of a British Famliy, the Garlicks. They owned it for 92 years until its purchase in 2003 by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, who for over 30 years was the owner of the famous Bordeaux Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac Grand Cru Classe.
This estate of 123 hectares formerly devoted to fruit production had, thanks to its terroir, a vocation for wine producing, which has been a specialty of this region since the seventeenth century. An exhaustive study of soil and weather conditions lead to the planting of 54.5 hectares of red varieties, 5.5 hectares of white and 5 hectares of olive trees. Central to this impressive circle of mountains, vineyards and olive groves, lies the ’Manor House’ in the Cape Dutch style, white walls and thatched roof, surrounded by newly renovated farm buildings and beautiful gardens. Four lakes provide water supply whilst the flora and fauna add to the beauty of this site. The year 2009 saw the inauguration of the winery: 6,000 m² anchored in the mountains on 4 floors functioning by gravity flow. This very modern structure was designed as an excellent environmentally friendly working tool (consumption of electricity and water reduced, keeping constant temperature etc...)
This French adventure on African soil is based on a young, professional and motivated team of South Africans with very special attention given to social conditions of each and every employee. Because wine must be a LINK between people, a LIVING messenger of our CULTURE.