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Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay, Glenelly

Glenelly
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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
12.5
Residual sugar
2.2
pH
3.3
Acidity
5.6
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Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.
Tasting note

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

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Fining Agent
Bentonite/Egg
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

Vintage conditions

Post 2020 harvest was dry and hot which led to early leaf fall. As a result, there was a poor establishment of carbohydrate reserves. Rain came later than anticipated at the end of May and delayed cover crop establishment. Winter was very wet, although not cold, but cold enough for dormancy to take place. Bud break occurred 14 days late due to cold wet soils and fluctuation in climate. Moderate weather later on led to ideal flowering and fruit set with big, lush canopies as a result of moist soils. Veraison and ripening were also delayed by 14 days and took longer to finish their cycles due to moderate conditions.

Vinification details

The grapes were lightly crushed and gently pressed and the juice transferred to two stainless steel fermenters where it underwent spontaneous fermentation (wild ferment from indigenous yeasts). The two tanks ran at different temperatures, one at 13 degrees and the other at 16 degrees. The wine was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and was left on the lees until bottling took place.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
12.5
Residual sugar
1.4
pH
3.37
Acidity
6.0
Download Specification Sheet
Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.
Tasting note

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.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Luke O'Cuinneagain
Fining Agent
Isinglass
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
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.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.0
Residual sugar
2.0
pH
3.33
Acidity
5.4
Download Specification Sheet
Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.
Tasting note

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.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Luke O'Cuinneagain
Fining Agent
Isinglass
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
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.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.0
Residual sugar
1.1
pH
3.31
Acidity
6.2
Download Specification Sheet
Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.
Tasting note

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.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Luke O'Cuinneagain
Fining Agent
Isinglass
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
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.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.0
Residual sugar
1.7
pH
3.22
Acidity
6.7
Download Specification Sheet
Glenelly's Glass Collection range of wines is inspired by estate owner May de Lencquesaing's private collection of antique glasses.
Tasting note

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.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
Luke O'Cuinneagain
Fining Agent
Isinglass
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Blank

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.