The Glenelly Estate Reserve 2011
This wine is Stellenbosch Royalty. Glenelly Wine Estate is owned by Mme May Eliane de Lencquesaing, former owner of Chateau Pichon Lalande one of the great Bordeaux Wine Houses.
Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing, Owner of Glenelly
The immaculate vineyards provide the grapes for this ‘signature blend’ of Glenelly, The Glenelly Estate Reserve 2011. Made up by winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain from a blend of 40% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot’
The cool winter of 2010 and the onset of Spring meant an early budburst and a berry set which created smaller berries and looser bunches.
Glenelly’s Winemaker, Luke O’Cuinneagain
Luke handled the grapes by hand bunch sorting in the cellar, destalking, and gentle crushing into stainless steel fermentation tanks. This was followed by a three-day cold soak before fermentation starting with natural vineyard yeasts. During the early part of fermentation three pump overs took place each day. Extended skin contact lasted for two to three weeks after fermentation. Malolactic fermentation took place in French oak barrels, and this was followed by eighteen months’ maturation with racking every four months. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
Glenelly Cellar & Vineyards
It looks like
In brand new livery on an elegant Bordeaux shaped bottle. In the glass, a deep Satsuma plum at the core which pales out to ruby garnet at the meniscus.
It smells like
Classical plums and a grind of pepper from the Shiraz and the Crème de Cassis, berries and cherries of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
It tastes like
The wonderful generosity and complexity of the fruit, layered and beautifully interwoven with firm tannins and the fine brushing of oak. This is a fine glass of wine. Will age well as it has all the components for a ling life.
Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Peppered Burgers with Smoky Cheese & Puffy Onion Rings
It’s good with
The Glenelly wines are made to pair with food. The Vine Bistro on the Estate is headed by Christophe Dehosse, a French born much awarded chef and offers a dining experience inspired by his training and home country. At home, it will shine with your traditional Sunday Roast Lunch, with its real gravy, rustly roast potatoes and other accompaniments.
It will also work well with Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Peppered Burgers with Smoky Cheese & Puffy Onion Rings as a midweek supper dish. Especially on a day like today which is a false weekend! Click here for her recipe.
One of the Glenelly Glass Museum exhibits
Well worth a visit
The Glenelly Glass Museum. May de Lencquesaing has had a lifelong passion for rare and contemporary glass. One of the largest privately owned collections in the world, ranging from the 1st and 2nd Century to modern classics, including pieces by Salvador Dali and Lino Tagliapietra, her collection is a unique journey through the history of glass making. Visitors will be able to discover and learn through a journey retracing centuries of glass making.
Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm
Closed on Sunday, Monday and Public Holidays