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Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay, Glenelly

Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.

The Glass Collection Chardonnay has a bright and brilliant colour with a slight green hue and complex aromas of flint and citrus peel. On the palate there is wonderful length provided by the flintiness and intense fruit complexity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

12.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.4 g/L

pH

3.37

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The moderate growth season as well as the seasonal rainfall at the start of the 2020 harvest laid the foundation for a good season. 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 fluctuations than in the previous season. Good rainfall, measured at around 100mm towards the end of October, was crucial to replenish the dry soil and to lay the foundation for good and stress -free flowering and berry set conditions. The 2020 harvest period was characterised by typical dry conditions and moderate temperatures.

Vinification details

The grapes were lightly crushed and gently pressed. The juice was transferred to two stainless steel fermenters where it underwent a spontaneous wild fermentation. The two tanks ran at different temperatures one at 13°C and the other at 18°C. The wine was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and was left on the lees until bottling took place.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay, Glenelly

Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.

The Glass Collection Chardonnay has a bright and brilliant colour with a slight green hue and complex aromas of citrus peel, pear drop, stem ginger and honeysuckle. On the palate there is a round, comforting texture with wonderful length and intense fruit complexity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.33

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

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 lightly crushed and gently pressed. The juice was transferred to two stainless steel fermenters where it underwent a spontaneous wild fermentation. The two tanks ran at different temperatures one at 13°C and the other at 18°C. The wine was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and was left on the lees until bottling took place.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay, Glenelly

Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.

The Glass Collection Chardonnay has a bright and brilliant colour with a slight green hue and complex aromas of citrus peel, ripe pear, quince and flint. On the palate there is a round, comforting texture with wonderful length and freshness, balanced by intense fruit complexity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.1 g/L

pH

3.31

ACIDITY

6.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

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 lightly crushed and gently pressed. The juice was transferred to two stainless steel fermenters where it underwent a spontaneous wild fermentation. The two tanks ran at different temperatures one at 13°C and the other at 18°C. The wine was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and was left on the lees until bottling took place.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay, Glenelly

Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.

The Glass Collection Chardonnay has a bright and brilliant colour with a slight green hue. The wine has complex aromas of citrus peel, pear drop, stem ginger and honeysuckle. On the palate there is a beautiful rounded, comforting texture with wonderful length and intense fruit complexity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.7 g/L

pH

3.22

ACIDITY

6.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The winter was late, but cold enough to break dormancy, with low rainfall and subsequent low soil moisture levels which lead to stress later in the season. An ideal spring lead to good even bud burst with warm weather, especially from end October to end January, which in turn lead to restricted growth, smaller berries and lower bunch mass. Harvest was a week earlier than in 2015 and smaller than in previous years.

Vinification details

The grapes were lightly crushed and gently pressed. The juice was transferred to two stainless steel fermenters where it underwent a spontaneous wild fermentation. The two tanks ran at different temperatures one at 13°C and the other at 18°C. The wine was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and was left on the lees until bottling took place.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Refined, pure and very good value indeed - extremely classy for the price.

Julia Harding MW for JancisRobinson.com

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Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay, Glenelly

Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.

The Glass Collection Chardonnay has a bright and brilliant colour with a slight green hue. The wine has complex aromas of citrus, lime zest, melon and quince. On the palate there is a beautiful rounded, comforting texture with wonderful length and intense fruit complexity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

2015 was a great but ‘fast’ year, with bud break occurring two weeks early. Warmer days and cooler nights in December caused harvest to also take place two weeks early. Yields for Chardonnay were high; low pH levels and good acids characterise the harvest.

Vinification details

The grapes were lightly crushed and gently pressed. The juice was  then transferred to two stainless steel fermenters where it underwent spontaneous fermentation. The two tanks ran at different temperatures, one at 13°C and the other at 18°C. The wine was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and was left on the lees until bottling took place.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Always unoaked, Glenelly’s entry point Chardonnay is like a South African take on a Mâcon Blanc.

Tim Atkin MW

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Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay, Glenelly

Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.

The Glass Collection Chardonnay has a bright and brilliant colour with a slight green hue. The wine has complex aromas of citrus, lime zest, melon and quince. On the palate there is a beautiful rounded, comforting texture with wonderful length and intense fruit complexity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.45

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

SULPHUR

Total: 90 Free: 20

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

2014 was one of the wettest seasons in years in Stellenbosch, but wine quality was exceptional. Rain in November and January meant that less irrigation was needed, but disease pressure was higher. Fortunately ideal dry and moderate conditions reigned during ripening in late January and February, while a cooler March helped with hang time on the vine. Harvest was 1 week later than normal.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were lightly crushed and gently pressed. The juice was transferred to two stainless steel fermenters where it underwent spontaneous fermentation (wild ferment), with the two tanks running at different temperatures, one at 13°C and the other at 18°C. The wine was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and was left on the lees until bottling took place.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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