MAKING THE WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 for 2020
If whites tickle your fancy, and palate, the Estate Reserve Chardonnay is vibrant with hints of citrus, lime and vanilla on the nose. It is beautifully balanced, complex and rich with a long lingering finish in the mouth.
We were so pleased to find out that Glenelly came in at #34 in the Wine Spectator 2020 TOP 100. South Africa’s Stellenbosch wine region, just to the north of Cape Town, has got to be one of the most beautiful wine growing areas in the world. Verdant vineyards are dotted with Cape Dutch architecture buildings. Simonsberg mountain and extending slopes loom majestically in the background. With such enticing views and the perfect terroir to plant vineyards, is it any wonder that May de Lencquesaing fell in love with this special place on earth. Selling her iconic Bordeaux Chateau, Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, at age 78, she was ready to start a new venture, Glenelly Estate. Located in an amphitheatre location, the 123 hectare estate is planted on hilly slopes that benefit from a unique diversity of microclimates. Most of the vineyards face south east that allow for a slow and even ripening resulting in wines of great elegance. The cooling breezes from the surrounding mountains and Indian Ocean benefit the vines too. The winery building with its minimalist design is esthetically integrated into a hillside slope allowing gravity to be used as much as possible in the production process. But let’s get back to the wine. If whites tickle your fancy, and palate, the Estate Reserve Chardonnay is vibrant with hints of citrus, lime and vanilla on the nose. It is beautifully balanced, complex and rich with a long lingering finish in the mouth. Enjoy it with lobster, crab or white meats, especially turkey, this Holiday Season.