Stellenbosch and Cabernet Sauvignon go together like horse and carriage, love and marriage and Tomato and Sweet Basil. The Glenelly The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is a fine example of a Stellenbosch Cabernet. The Estate is generously brushed with all things good about France. The owner, Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing, bought the Estate in the early noughties. Herself more Bordeaux Royalty than most, May de Lencquesaing, owned Chateau Pichon Lalande for more than 30 years and turned it into a premiere Bordeaux Wine House. With her team at Glenelly she has done the same in half the time.
Glenelly is a single destination Estate with so much to do in one visit. The Glenelly Glass Collection will keep you fascinated with glass pieces made in ancient Italy, a stunning piece by Salvador Dali and an exciting collection of pieces by contemporary French Glass Makers. The Vine Bistro offers French style foods using local ingredients. In my opinion, Christophe Dehosse, the founding chef, is one of those unsung heroes who fly below the radar producing the greatest quality.
The grapes for the Glenelly The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 suffered from the awful drought and a warmer summer which meant a shorter ripening period. They came from various blocks on the Estate which gave complexity and balance to the final wine. The grapes, once in the cellar were destalked and lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks, where natural yeast [from the vineyard] did the fermentation. Regular rack and returns and pump overs ensure maximum extraction of aroma, colour and flavour. After fermentation, and the mash was allowed skin contact for 2 to 3 weeks. Once pressed, the wine was taken to French oak barrels for a year. Malolactic fermentation took place in the barrels which were racked, on average every 4 months. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed under screw cap. The label has a row of 5 glasses from the Estate’s famed Glass Collection – believed to be the largest privately own collection. In the glass, at the heart it is a deep bloodplum red which pales out to a translucent ruby at the edges. The wine is classical Cabernet with aromas and flavours of Cassis, black berries, and plums. There is an undertow of crushed fynbos leaves, a zippy acidity which runs through from entry to the long and gently waning aftertaste. Interwoven with the fruit, the oak, the acidity are the fine tannins. A really satisfying glass.
Do chill the wine for about 30 minutes before service, it adds so much to the pleasure. The Glenelly The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is a great glass on its own. It is made for good food. Lizet Hartley’s Whole Roast Neck of Lamb is a perfect partner to this wine. Click here for her recipe.
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