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Formerly known as Grand Vin Chardonnay, Glenelly's Estate Reserve is from vines planted in 2007, made in a complex mineral style with notes from barrel ageing.

The Estate Reserve Chardonnay has floral aromas with baked apple, singed citrus rind and toasted chestnuts. A harmony of apple notes, citrus, heather and spiced cinnamon butter are on the palate which is all supported by a vivid acidity. The flavours of pastry and toasted fruit linger to a mouth-watering finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

12.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.52

ACIDITY

5.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Bentonite & Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Simonsberg Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The moderate growth season and rainfall at the start of the 2020 season laid the foundations for a good harvest. The early cultivars showed good acidity and sugar levels, whereas the later cultivars delivered wines with good concentrations, structure and desired alcohol levels. An exceptionally warm and dry spring resulted in good, even bud burst. The temperatures during the flowering and berry set period were average with significantly less fluctuation than the previous season. Good rainfall measured at around 100mm towards the end of October was crucial to replenish the dry soil profiles and to lay the foundation for stress free flowering and berry set conditions. The 2020 harvest period was characterised by typical conditions and moderate temperatures. Carried over effects from the heat during spring as well as effective canopies promoted ripening in the early cultivars and were therefore harvested much earlier. Sustained, moderate temperatures occurred until the end of March and resulted in effective plant functioning and full maturity in late cultivars.

Vinification details

The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice transferred to new- and second-fill 500L blond-toasted barrels after a brief settling. It was naturally fermented and then left for 10 months on its lees. Total time in barrel was 10 months.

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... this is ripe, fruity and appealingly spicy...

Tim Atkin MW

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Formerly known as Grand Vin Chardonnay, Glenelly's Estate Reserve is from vines planted in 2007, made in a complex mineral style with notes from barrel ageing.

The Estate Reserve Chardonnay has floral aromas with baked apple, singed orange rind and warm toasted nuts. A harmony of notes of apple, mint, heather and spiced butter are on the palate which is all supported by a vivid acidity. The flavours of pie crust and toasted apple linger to a mouthwatering finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The winter was cold and wet which helped replenish soil moisture after the drought. Although Stellenbosch experienced a cool spring, bud burst was good, however the crop looked a little small after flowering. Veraison started earlier than usual, and cool conditions were followed by intense heat in early February which accelerated the ripening of the early varieties. Cool weather and good rainfall in March then slowed the ripening of the late varieties, giving a three-week break during harvest. The harvest was smaller than previous years but of very high quality.

Vinification details

The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice transferred to new- and second-fill 500L blond-toasted barrels after a brief settling. It was naturally fermented and then left for 11 months on its lees. Total time in barrel was 11 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
DWWA: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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This is textured, ripe and well balanced with some tropical fruit undertones, subtle wood and flavours of pear and nectarine.

Tim Atkin MW

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Formerly known as Grand Vin Chardonnay, Glenelly's Estate Reserve is from vines planted in 2007, made in a complex mineral style with notes from barrel ageing.

The Estate Reserve chardonnay displays a wonderful bright, crisp colour. The nose has tones of quince, citrus peel, lime and butterscotch caramel with hints of pear drop. The palate is lush, with poise and balance, vibrant citrus and mineral flavours leading the way to a long, round, textured finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.24

ACIDITY

6.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

Post harvest leaf fall occurred earlier than usual due to limited water. Winter was warmer than usual, with only 80% of expected winter rainfall. A warm spring stimulated an even and fast bud burst in early cultivars, with varied shoot growth due to temperature fluctuations leading to faster suckering. Above average rainfall during flowering and berry set lead to unevenness between berries and bunches although night time temperatures were cooler during ripening, which lead to good colour and flavour.

Vinification details

The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice transferred to new- and second-fill 500L blond-toasted barrels after a brief settling. It was naturally fermented and then left for 11 months on its lees. Total time in barrel was 11 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts
Vinous: 91 pts
Platter: 4.5*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Tight and focused, it has plenty of crunchy acidity, stylish oak and an elegant, stony, lemon butter-like finish.

Tim Atkin MW

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Formerly known as Grand Vin Chardonnay, Glenelly's Estate Reserve is from vines planted in 2007, made in a complex mineral style with notes from barrel ageing.

Displays a pure, bright and fresh straw colour. The nose has tones of butterscotch vanilla and apple pie with hints of pear drop. The palate is lush with poise and balance and flavours of citrus and stone fruit which lead the way to a long, round, textured finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.28

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

Winter was late, but cold enough to break dormancy. Very low rainfall led to extremely low soil moisture levels which meant that irrigation was key to relieving stress in the vineyard. A good spring led to good and even bud burst thanks to warm weather for the season with little to no rain. Although there were more bunches, the berries were smaller. The harvest was earlier than normal and larger than the previous year.

Vinification details

The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice transferred to new- and second-fill 500L blond-toasted barrels after a brief settling. It was naturally fermented and then left for 10 months on its lees. Total time in barrel was 11 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... layers of complex peach, grape, mango and chamomile flavours, great structure and intriguing spice ...

DWWA 2018

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Formerly known as Grand Vin Chardonnay, Glenelly's Estate Reserve is from vines planted in 2007, made in a complex mineral style with notes from barrel ageing.

The Estate Reserve Chardonnay is a wonderful bright, crisp colour. The nose has tones of quince, citrus peel, lime and butterscotch with hints of pear drop. The palate is lush, with poise and balance; vibrant citrus and mineral flavours lead the way to a long, round, textured finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.1 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.6 g/L

pH

3.36

ACIDITY

6.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

Winter was late, but cold enough to break dormancy. The low rainfall led to low soil moisture levels which in turn created stress later in the season. An ideal spring led to good even bud burst, with warm weather from end-October to end-January. This resulted in restricted growth, smaller berries and lower bunch mass. Harvest was a week earlier than normal and smaller than in previous years.

Vinification details

After the grapes were whole bunch pressed, the juice was transferred to new and second-fill 500L blond-toasted barrels after a brief settling. It was naturally fermented and then left for 11 months on its lees. Total time in barrel was 11 months.

Awards

DWWA 2018: Gold
Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
Platter: 4.5*
JamesSuckling.com: 90 pts
Old Mutual Wine Show: Gold

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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... a delicious Chardonnay that you will finish all too quickly.

Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

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Formerly known as Grand Vin Chardonnay, Glenelly's Estate Reserve is from vines planted in 2007, made in a complex mineral style with notes from barrel ageing.

The Estate Reserve Chardonnay is a wonderful bright, crisp colour. The nose displays vibrant lemon, butterscotch, lemon meringue, toasted nuts and flint with hints of apple and underlying minerality. The palate is lush, the creamy texture underpinned with beautiful mineral notes and hints of toasted almond, lemon and lime. The finish is fresh with great minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.10

ACIDITY

7.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The 2017 Stellenbosch vintage was a great year although ‘fast’ – with an early harvest. Yields for Chardonnay were high and thanks to sufficient cold units, full dormancy break was achieved. Bud break occurred 2 weeks early and warmer days and cooler nights in December caused harvest to be 2 weeks early as well. Low pH levels and good acids characterise the harvest.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed. The juice was transferred to new and second fill 500L barrels after a brief settling. It was naturally fermented and then left for nine months on its lees. Total time in barrel was 10 months.

Awards

DWWA 2017: Gold
eRobertParker.com: 92 pts
Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
IWC 2017: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The best vintage yet.

Tim Atkin MW

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Formerly known as Grand Vin Chardonnay, Glenelly's Estate Reserve is from vines planted in 2007, made in a complex mineral style with notes from barrel ageing.

A wonderfully bright crisp colour. The nose displays vibrant lemon and lime zest, with hints of apple, pear drop, lychee and rose which overlays the minerality. The palate is lush, its creamy texture underpinned with beautiful mineral notes and hints of toasted almond and vanilla. The finish is fresh with great minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

12.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.4 g/L

pH

3.50

ACIDITY

5.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

Rain in November and January meant that less irrigation was required, but disease pressure was higher and stricter controls needed. The high soil moisture content resulted in vigorous growth and canopy management was crucial. Fortunately ideal dry and moderate conditions reigned during ripening in late January and February and there was good flowering and berry set. Harvest was one week later than normal due to a late cold winter and cool spring. Wine quality is exceptional.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed. The juice was transferred to new and second fill 500L barrels after a brief settling. It was naturally fermented and then left for nine months on its lees. Total time in barrel was 10 months.

Awards

eRobertParker.com: 92 pts
Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts
Platter: 4*
Decanter: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Natural ferment in 500L oak with only partial malolactic fermentation provide polish, harmony & freshness to the lively citrus fruit, oatmeal, lees underpin. A charmer!

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Formerly known as Grand Vin Chardonnay, Glenelly's Estate Reserve is from vines planted in 2007, made in a complex mineral style with notes from barrel ageing.

A wonderfully bright crisp colour. The nose displays vibrant lemon and lime zest, with hints of apple, pear drop, lychee and rose which overlays the minerality. The palate is lush, its creamy texture underpinned with beautiful mineral notes and hints of toasted almond and vanilla. The finish is fresh with great minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

5.6 g/L

pH

3.38

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

January 2013

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

10 months

SULPHUR

Total: 105 Free: 30

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The 2013 harvest started two weeks later than normal. A prolonged winter into September followed by a cool spring meant a delay in bud burst by 14 days. However, cold and wet conditions helped with an even bud burst and meant the vines had enough water for the warm conditions later in the season. A warm November and moist soils lead to dense canopies which meant greater management was needed. Due to a warm dry December later cultivars ripened earlier and the earlier cultivars later, which lead to pressure in the cellar.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed. The juice was transferred to new and second fill 500L barrels after a brief settling. It was naturally fermented and then left for nine months on its lees. Total time in barrel was 10 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts
Platter: 4*
eRobertParker.com: 90 pts
IWC 2015: Silver
Sommelier Wine Awards: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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