If you live in the Cape and have not yet visited Glenelly Estate in Ida’s Valley in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, make it your business to do so. If it is on your bucket list for your next visit to the Cape, that is a good thing. A South African Wine Estate with a little touch of France, Glenelly has been owned by Mme May Eliane de Lencquesaing since 2003. She, with a formidable team on the Estate has taken a run-down plum farm and turned it into a showpiece. This is the home of Glenelly The Glass Collection Syrah 2017 and a range of wines made by Luke Cuinneagain, the maker of magic in the Glenelly Cellar.
The Glenelly The Glass Collection Syrah 2017 was made at the height of the worst drought in living memory in the Western Cape. Smaller bunches and smaller berries, no disease just perfect grapes being delivered to the cellar by Vineyardist Heinrich Louw. Luke has his traditions when it comes to making wine on Glenelly. Bunches are sorted and placed in stainless steel tanks. Natural fermentation with the vineyard yeasts takes place and pump overs take place three times a day. After fermentation, the skins lie with the wine for a time and then go to used French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine then matured for a further year in the barrel before being prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is identical to the other wines in the Glass Collection, elegant with illustrations of glasses from the collection. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby garnet at the edges. Hinting at the wines of the Northern Rhone, the Glenelly The Glass Collection Syrah 2017 is sappy and fresh. The fruits are dark and of plums and red berries. Tea leaves and pencil shavings in undertow. There is oak spice and vanilla and an undertow of white tropical flowers. Elegant mouthful with a long gently waning aftertaste.
The Vine Bistro which is on the Estate and run by well-known Cape French Chef, Christophe Dehosse, offers some fine dishes to go with the Glenelly The Glass Collection Syrah 2017. It is a brilliant food partner and Dianne Bibby’s North African Lamb Knuckle Bredie loves it. Click HERE for her recipe.
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