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Glenelly

... 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

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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