Luke O’Cuinneagain is the GM and Cellarmaster at Glenelly Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. He has been the brilliance behind the Glenelly Wines. The Estate is a real showcase, beautifully laid out vineyards, perfectly situated, with a fabulous Glass Collection and The Vine Bistro of which the chef Christophe Dehosse, one of the favourites of the Cape, provides French style plates to match perfectly the Glenelly Wines.
The winter preceding the harvest of 2014, provided good rains which resulted in great growth requiring careful canopy management in the months leading up to the picking. With rain in November and January meant less irrigation but stricter disease control. With a cool March being the main ripening period, it made for longer hang time and fuller flavours in the final wine, in this wettest of Stellenbosch years.
The grapes for the Glenelly The Glass Collection Syrah 2014 were hand harvested, taken to the cellar and bunch sorted. The bunches were placed whole in the stainless-steel tanks and natural fermentation slowly started taking place. During the fermentation two to three pump overs took place each day for gentle tannin and colour extraction. Once the wine had fermented dry, three weeks’ skin contact took place before pressing and the wine taken to previously filled French oak barrels for both malolactic fermentation and a twelve month period of maturation.
It looks like
Elegantly quirky label with the enchanting lady on a rhino logo. Packed under screw cap in a Bordeaux shaped bottle. In the glass, it is an opaque deep purple plum at the core which pales out to a purple tinged garnet.
It smells like
Wonderfully floral, bloodplums and charcuterie. Little grind of white pepper.
It tastes like
Truly sublime fruit, red and mainly black berries, ripe plums. Soft sensual tannins, so beautifully wrapped in the fruit and spice flavours, the oak and present in the gently waning aftertaste.
It’s good with
This is a perfect wine by the glass. However, it shines with good food. Diane Bibby’s Slow Braised Red Wine Oxtail is just such a perfect match. Click here for her recipe.