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At the age of 78, May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux, purchased a South African property in Stellenbosch, part of the original Idas Valley farm, granted in 1682 by Cape Governor Simon van der Stel. With a nod to the French Huguenot settlers 300 years before, she set about planting vines to replace the existing fruit trees, realizing her vision of establishing a thriving winery that best utilizes the soils and microclimate of the valley and supports local economic development and the community. While most Stellenbosch vineyards are planted on western facing slopes, Glenelly is blessed with a range of aspects and sun exposures, including a high percentage of cooler eastern-facing slopes. Due to the estate’s location, nestled between two hills, the vineyards benefit from gentle breezes throughout the day. These influences combine to create a slightly cooler microclimate, allowing for slower ripening of the grapes and resulting in wines of great structure, elegance and finesse. This Estate Reserve Chardonnay displays a wonderful bright color. The nose exhibits vibrant citrus, butterscotch, lime marmalade and toasted nuts with hints of quince and pear. The lush, creamy texture is underpinned with intense minerality, fresh lemon and lime zest and notes of toasted almond. A Tim Atkin score of 92 points backs up the great value of this wine. 2018 GLENELLY ESTATE RESERVE CHARDONNAY V382200, $18.95.