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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.

The Glass Collection Merlot is a dark ruby red colour. It displays dark fruit, cherry and chocolate with hints of spicy plums. Tremendous concentration, richness and generous fruit on the palate combine with fine but well-structured and balanced tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.53

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Simonsberg Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Leaf fall occurred earlier than usual post-harvest due to limited water. Winter only cooled off later with higher than usual temperatures and only 80% of expected winter rainfall. A warm spring simulated early cultivars to have even and fast bud burst. Shoot growth was varied due to temperature fluctuations, which lead to faster suckering. Above average rainfall during flowering and berry set lead to unevenness between berries and bunches. Night time temperatures were cooler during ripening, which lead to good colour and flavour. Harvest started later but sped up mid-season only to slow again due to rain showers. February brought a large hail fall, but Glenelly suffered limited damage.

Vinification details

The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks followed by fermentation with natural yeast and a mixture of rack and returns and open pump overs. There followed post-fermentation skin contact with gentle pressing for 2-3 weeks. The wine was placed in French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Matured for 12 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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Sourced from an east-facing site on the clay soils that Merlot loves so much, this is a comparatively bold, structured wine at the price.

Tim Atkin MW

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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.

The Glass Collection Merlot is a dark ruby red colour. It displays dark fruit, cherry and chocolate with hints of spicy plums. Tremendous concentration, richness and generous fruit on the palate combine with fine but well-structured and balanced tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.56

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

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 hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. They were given a cold soak for three days before allowing 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. Matured for 12 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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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.

Merlot is the earliest-ripening red variety at Glenelly. The result is silky and floral with attractive red berry fruit, well-integrated oak and undertones of graphite, tea leaf and cedarwood. Elegant, long and balanced with a purity of
fruit.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.1 g/L

pH

3.52

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

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

The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks, followed by fermentation by natural yeast with a mixture of rack and returns and open pump overs. Post fermentation, there was skin contact for 2-3 weeks before it was pressed gently. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels which were racked on average every 4 months; a total of 12 months’ ageing took place.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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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.

The Glass Collection Merlot is a deep, rich-coloured wine. It displays intense dark fruit aromas and spicy plums with touches of spearmint on the edge. Shows tremendous concentration, richness and generous fruit on the palate with fine but well-structured and balanced tannins to embrace it all.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

5.60

ACIDITY

5.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

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

The grapes were hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks where 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. Matured for 12 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.

Awards

Veritas 2016: Gold

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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Mineral, tannic and “granitic”, it’s sensitively oaked and focused with a core of concentrated red and black fruits.

Tim Atkin MW

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

The Glass Collection Merlot is a deep, rich-coloured wine. It displays intense dark fruit aromas and spicy plums, reminiscent of a black forest gâteau. Shows tremendous concentration, richness and generous fruit on the palate with fine but well-balanced tannins to embrace it all.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.7 g/L

pH

3.55

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

12 months

SULPHUR

Total: 52 Free: 23

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

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

The grapes were hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks where 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. Matured for 12 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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