2021 Chardonnay Glenelly Estate

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin South Africa
ABV 12%

Beautifully judged Chardonnay here. Lovely weight and perfect drive too - balance is very impressive. Great soft apple fruit and citrus bites keep it flowing with energy. Winemaker Luke puts whole bunches into barrel for natural, wild fermentation in 500-litre french barriques. It is then aged for 10 months in barrel (25% to 30% new oak). L&S (Jul 2022)

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Aromas of lemon curd, flint and rosemary stem. Medium-bodied with fresh acidity and green apple and pear fruit. Nicely balanced with steady length. Sustainable. Drink now. Rating: 91 James Suckling, (Nov 2022)

The 2021 Chardonnay Estate Reserve comes from vines on alluvial soils matured in 500-litre oak casks with little toasting, around 19% new oak. Luke O'Cuinneagain plays around with the ferment to build a selection with different viscosities, and it goes through around 60% malo. This has an attractive nose that is focused and taut with fine mineralité. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with a fine bead of acidity, impressive tension, quite primal on the finish and probably needs another 12 months in bottle. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, (Sep 2022)

Glenelly Estate

Glenelly Estate in the Idas Valley, Stellenbosch, is the home estate of May de Lencquesaing, previous owner of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Bordeaux. This is no retirement home, but an ambitious project to make serious wines in one of the Cape's most beautiful and best sited vineyard areas. May has recruited Luke O'Cuinneagain as winemaker, whose career includes Chateau Fieuzal, Angelus, Screaming Eagle and five years at Rustenberg before joining Glenelly. He is assisted by Adi Badenhost as consultant winemaker. There are three ranges of wine made at the estate. The 'Glass Collection'; premium varietals from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Chardonnay. The 'Grand Vin': the signature blend of the estate, using Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged 18 month in oak barrels. 'Lady May'; the flagship wine made of the best Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 24 months in new oak.

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