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Glenelly

Dark and broody, this wine shows plush opulence with aromatics of coffee beans, black plum, cedar spice and pronounced graphite intensity.

Greg Sherwood MW

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Estate Reserve Red Blend (formerly Grand Vin de Glenelly) is the signature red wine of the estate, a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

The 2014 vintage has rich powerful aromatics of fresh blackberries, blackcurrant, spicy plum and cedar. Bold and rich, with fine tannin supported by ripe fresh fruit and hints of spice combine with good oak integration, merging into a long fresh finish. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.66

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Flowering and berry set was good. Vigorous growth happened due to high soil moisture content, which was a result of the wet winter, therefore more canopy management was required. Rain in November and January meant  less irrigation, but disease pressure was higher and stricter controls were needed. Ideal dry and moderate conditions reigned during ripening in late January and February. A cooler March helped with hang time on the vine.
Harvest was 1 week later than normal due to late cold winter. Stellenbosch had one off the wettest seasons in years, but wine quality is exceptional.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. They were given a cold soak for three days before allowing the natural fermentation to start. Three pump overs a day were done on the tanks during fermentation, after which they underwent extended skin contact for 2-3 weeks. The wine was placed in French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation, then matured for 18 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
DWWA: Silver
Platter: 5*
Vinous: 92
Greg Sherwood MW: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

 

 

 

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... a nicely mature, herbal red with sweet spices and a hint of graphite.

Tim Atkin MW

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Estate Reserve Red Blend (formerly Grand Vin de Glenelly) is the signature red wine of the estate, a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

The 2013 vintage is all about elegance with underlying power. Bold aromas of blackberries, cranberry and blackcurrant are followed by hints of savoury, spicy plum with touches of cedar and floral tones. The palate entry has good richness with fine tannin supported by the ripe fresh fruit and hints of spice. Very balanced oak integration with a fresh long finish. A blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.7 g/L

pH

3.70

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

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

The grapes were hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. They were given a cold soak for three days before natural fermentation was allowed to start. Three pump overs a day were done on the tanks during fermentation, after which they underwent extended skin contact for 2-3 weeks. The wine was placed in French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Matured for 18 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
Platter: 4.5*
Vinous: 91 pts
Wine Advocate: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Elegant, refined and focused.

Tim Atkin MW

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Estate Reserve Red Blend (formerly Grand Vin de Glenelly) is the signature red wine of the estate, a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Rich powerful aromas of red fruits, plum and blackberries initially present themselves, followed by hints of savoury, spicy Syrah with touches of cedar and floral tones. The palate entry has good richness of ripe, fresh fruit and pepper spice supported by firm, balanced tannins. Very good oak integration with a fresh, long finish. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Shiraz, 11% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.6 g/L

pH

3.67

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

2012 was a very dry season with cool conditions during ripening. The winter of 2011 was dry but cold with very even bud burst 7 days earlier than usual. Low spring temperatures lead to slow shoot growth. During flowering there was rain which resulted in weak set, loose bunches and increased disease pressure although fortunately cool conditions prevailed from from pea bud to veraison. A temperature spike during ripening put the vines under water stress. Harvest was one week ahead, but finished a day early.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. They were given a cold soak for three days before natural fermentation was allowed to start. Three pump overs a day were done on the tanks during fermentation, after which they underwent extended skin contact for 2-3 weeks. The wine was placed in French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Matured for 18 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
Platter: 4.5*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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Syrah performs the same role in the Cape as Merlot does in Bordeaux.

Luke O'Cuinneagain, winemaker

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Estate Reserve Red Blend (formerly Grand Vin de Glenelly) is the signature red wine of the estate, a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Glenelly's Estate Reserve combines the rich, savoury character of Syrah (40%), with blackberries, cherries, cassis and floral tones from Cabernet Sauvignon (40%). It is supported by a firm tannin structure with elegant oak integration. The palate presents a tremendous concentration of flavours with a great complexity and a fresh long finish. The remainder of the blend is Merlot (10%) and Petit Verdot (10%).

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.70

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Red Blend

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

A cool winter ensured a good bud burst, nine days earlier than average. Further cool conditions during berry set led to loose bunches with smaller than average berries.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand harvested, hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. They were given a cold soak for three days before natural fermentation was allowed to start. Three pump overs a day were done on the tanks during fermentation, after which they underwent extended skin contact for 2-3 weeks. The wine was placed in French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Matured for 18 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
Wine Spectator: 92 pts
Veritas 2017: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Medium-bodied with supple tannin, well judged acidity, and clove-tinged black fruit with a sedate and harmonious finish. This feels very accomplished.

eRobertParker.com

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Estate Reserve Red Blend (formerly Grand Vin de Glenelly) is the signature red wine of the estate, a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

With a deep, dark and rich colour, this wine offers a complex bouquet of cassis and spicy plums, cedar and blond tobacco with notes of toast in the background. The palate has a great intensity and concentration with fine but well-structured tannins, which lead to a long luscious finish. A blend of 42% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.5 g/L

pH

3.70

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Red Blend

HARVEST DATE

March 2009

FINED USING

Egg

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Bound: 69 Free: 30

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

Following the 2008 harvest, June to September were wet and cold, December was warm and dry, and mid-January to March was hot to very hot. Budding was good and even but due to the cold, wet Spring conditions the shoot growth was uneven. Average yields were 4.5 tons/ha.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand harvested, hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. They were given a cold soak for three days before natural fermentation was allowed to start. Three pump overs a day were done on the tanks during fermentation, after which they underwent extended skin contact for 2-3 weeks. The wine was placed in French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Matured for 18 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.

Awards

Platter: 4.5*
Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts
eRobertParker.com: 92 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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