Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017, delicious with Christine Capendale’s Balsamic Char-Grilled Chicken…

Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Glenelly is a model wine estate on the foothills of the fabulous Simonsberg Mountain and right in the middle of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Owned since 2003 by Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing, of Chateau Pichon Lalande fame, the farm has been converted from a plum farm into a top-notch vineyard by Madame May and her team of Heinrich Louw, Estate Manager and Vineyardist and Luke O’Cuinneagain the Winemaker. For me every wine is a winner and even handedly priced.

Across the table from me at a very enjoyable lunch, Allan Mullins [left], Madame May & Graham Howe

The Grapes for the Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017 were harvested in the midst of the worst drought in living memory in the Western Cape. There was irrigation as a result of lack of rain, and it was applied to relieve stress on the vines. Interesting that there were more bunches on the vines and that the berries were smaller. The harvest was larger too than the previous year. Once in the cellar, the grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice settled. The juice was then taken to 500 litre blonde toasted French oak barrels where fermentation occurred spontaneously using the wild yeasts from the vineyards. The wine lay on its lees for maturation and had a total of 11 months in the barrels. A total of 23,257 bottles were filled.

Harvest time at Glenelly, Simonsberg in the background

From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a natural cork. The label is classic in design with an enchanting etching of the estate. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright pale golden straw. The aromas are of barley sugar and shortcrust apple pie with an undertow of ripe pears. The palate is awash with citrus, sweet tropical limes, windfall oranges and ripe white fleshed nectarines. The palate, from entry is big and round and has great body. The ending is long, satisfying, well rounded and has a curious habit of making you want more.

The Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017 is the Estate’s Flagship wine. It is a serious sipper, and perfect with a main course at lunch or dinner. Not shy either to take on a Pork Belly with Roasted Granny Smith Apples, or Veal Scallops in a Marsala or Orange Cream Sauce. Christine Capendale’s Balsamic Char-Grilled Chicken is a great match. Click here for her recipe.

Christine Capendale

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