Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing owned Chateau Pichon Lalande and made it one of the premier wine estates in Bordeaux. In 2003 she bought a plum farm in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation in the foothills of the Simonsberg. In the succeeding years she and her team have transformed Glenelly into a showpiece Wine Estate. One of the great attractions of a visit to Glenelly is The Glass Museum which houses Madame de Lencquesaing’s collection of ancient and modern glass. This museum is reputed to be the largest private collection of glass in the world. The Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is part of a range of wines which honours this collection.
The harvest of 2015 started early with bud break two weeks earlier than normal. Warm days and cool nights urged the ripening and the grapes were harvested early. Once in the cellar the grapes for the Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 were destemmed and lightly crushed and taken to stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place with the natural vineyard yeasts. Regular pump overs and punch downs in the early stages of fermentation extracted excellent colour and all the classic Cabernet flavours and aromas. This is Winemaker, Luke O’Cuinneagain’s preferred practice, fermentation in stainless steel followed by oak maturation. The wine was left on the skins for 2 – 3 weeks before being gently pressed. After malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels the wine matured for 12 months and was racked every 4 months. It was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with an illustration of one of the glasses of the collection. In the glass, it is an opaque rich ruby red at the core which pales out to a purple garnet at the edges.
It smells like
The Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 has all the classic Cabernet whiffs from the blackcurrants and blueberries to the pencil sharpenings and oak spice.
It tastes like
The fruit is generous from entry with a golden thread of acidity running through the ample mid palate and joined by supple tannins in a long memorable ending.
It’s good with
Perfect as a glass on its own and better still with red meat and spicy sausages. Make a plan to visit The Vine Bistro at Glenelly where Christophe Dehosse provides excellent French inspired food and certainly one or two dishes that would be a perfect partner to this wine. Nina Timm’s Fried Liver with Rich Onion Gravy is a hearty mid-week supper dish which will love The Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Click here for her recipe.
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