Glenelly is one of those estates which has everything in its place. Bought as a plum farm by Mme May Eliane de Lencquesaing, the first Glenelly wines were bottled in 2003. Mme May is Bordeaux royalty having owned Chateau Pichon Lalande for a number of years. What a tribute to South Africa and indeed the wine industry here that she should invest here. This sprightly nonagenarian continues to watch over Glenelly. The Glenelly Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay 2015 is the companion to the flagship Chardonnay of the estate, which lives by the mantra of Power, Elegance and Balance.
Glenelly is situated in the Simonsberg Ward of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. The weather leading up to the harvest brought about a low rainfall and supplementary irrigation was required. The berries and bunches for the Glenelly Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay 2017 were small but more prolific in an early harvest which was larger than the previous year.
The grapes were brought in to the cellar where Luke O’Cuinnegain, GM and Winemaker, destemmed, crushed and gently pressed. The juice was settled and then taken to 2 Stainless Steel tanks where natural fermentation took place using natural yeasts from the vineyards. The wine was not allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to retain freshness. The wine was left on the lees until being prepared for bottling.
Well worth a visit is The Vine Bistro on the estate, headed up by French born Christophe Dehosse, one of the Cape’s finest chefs. Good very stylish French Country Cooking.
It looks like
Bottled under screw cap closure in a Burgundy shaped bottle with the elegant Glenelly livery. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright pale golden straw with lime green flashes.
It smells like
Zippy citrus, sweet tropical limes, yellow apples and ripe pears.
It tastes like
Full sappy palate. Creamy notes with good minerality. A generosity of fruit, windfall oranges and limes. Fresh finish with minerals and lime all well integrated in a gently waning palate. The Glenelly Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay 2017 is a wine to be taken seriously and while it is very accessible now, will improve if cellared for a couple of years.
It’s good with
There are few good things which go with a fine Chardonnay, for me anyway, is a fine butter roasted organic chicken. It is perfect with a roasted pork belly, crisp crackling, real gravy and a silky-smooth apple sauce. Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Roast Pork Belly with Spiced Plums, in Donna Hay’s style is a great match here. Click here for the recipe on her website.
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