Glenelly Estate is located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch. Soils are predominantly decomposed granite with a deep clay base. Most of the vineyards are planted on east-facing slopes. This is unusual in Stellenbosch and gives the benefit of exposure to the more gentle morning sun rather than the harsh afternoon sun. This allows for slower, more even ripening, resulting in wines of great elegance and finesse.
Glenelly Estate Reserve is their signature red blend, based on the classic claret blend of the 1700's. This wine offers plenty of aging potential and exhibits great intensity and complexity, with fine-grained tannins that are firm yet elegant. Expect aromas of plum and cherry. Flavors of mulberry and blackcurrent leaf in the mid palate with hints of fresh herbs, tobacco, spice and rich tannins to support it all.
The grapes were handpicked, hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks, where they were cold soaked for three days. Natural fermentation took place in tank, with pumpovers performed three times daily. The wine was left for two to three weeks of extended post-fermentation skin contact, then gently pressed and run to French oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 second fill, 1/3 third fill) for malolactic fermentation and aging. It was matured in barrel for 18 months and racked every four months on average.
Alcohol: 14,5% Vol.
Total Acidity: 5,43 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.27 g/L
Certified Sustainable. Practicing Organic.