I have written before of this beautiful Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Owned by Bordeaux Wine Legend Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing, who owned Chateau Pichon Lalande in Bordeaux for over 30 years. She says “Since my childhood in the heart of Bordeaux’ finest vineyards till today, I have travelled the world and discovered the amazing diversity of terroirs. On my first visit to Stellenbosch I knew that this was where I wanted to fulfil my dream of starting a new adventure outside of France. In 2003, and after visiting many vineyards, I recognised the amazing potential of Glenelly Estate. I also believed in continuing the French heritage of wine making in South Africa going back more than three centuries. My vision is to establish Glenelly as a world-class estate, producing award-winning wines with power, elegance and balance.” Well, she has succeeded and handsomely so with her team of Heinrich Louw in the vineyards and Luke O’Cuinneagain as Winemaker.
The Glenelly Estate Reserve 2013, is the signature wine of the Estate. Already 6 years old, the grapes for the blend are 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. Separately vinified for later blending, the grapes were hand sorted on arrival in the cellar and then gently crushed and the mash taken to stainless steel fermenting tanks. After a three day cold soak the fermentation starts with the natural yeasts from the vineyards. A two to three week period of on skin maceration took place. After pressing the wine was taken to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation. During the maturation in French oak barrels for 18 months, During this time the wine was racked over every 4 months. Blending them took place and the wine was prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is simple, elegant with an amusing depiction of a lady, one assumes Mme de Lencquesaing! In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. Complex aromas of dark fruit, blackcurrant, mulberry and roadside brambles. The elegantly applied oak supports the fruit. There are some savoury notes which make it very appealing. Floral undertow with spice and fine tannins. All give evidence that the wine can age well if cool cellared.
There is always a dish on the Vine Bistro on the Estate which will complement the Glenelly Estate Reserve 2013. At home, you want something richly flavoured. A vegetarian dish with mushrooms, aubergine and sun dried tomatoes with mozzarella would be a perfect match. As would Nina Timm’s Waterblommetjie Bredie, a heritage dish. Click HERE for her recipe.
Nina Timm of myeasycooking.com
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