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Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay


The Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay displays a wonderful bright straw colour. The nose displays vibrant lemon and lime zest fruit, with hints of apple, pear drop, lychee and rose which overlays the mineral core. The palate is lush, the creamy texture is underpinned with beautiful mineral notes and hints of toasted almond and vanilla. The finish is lengthy and fresh with great minerality and a lovely nervous energy to it.

Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Subregion: Stellenbosch
Vintage: 2021
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
ABV: 13%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Complex and elegant
Drink With: Roast chicken with a morel sauce

Glenelly's Grand Vin Chardonnay is the estate's signature white wine, fermented and aged in new and second fill 500 litre French oak barrels. It was left for 9 months on its lees, and spent a total of 10 months in barrel.

From Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages:
10 months in 500-litre oak. The creamy/mealy oak is evident but very well judged to allow pristine citrus fruit to show alongside the cedary aroma of the oak. Delicious and harmonious – an expert balance of fruit and oak with real elegance and length. Drink 2015-2020. 17 Points

From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
Whole bunch fruit into barrel with natural ferment in 500-litre barrels and aged in 25% to 30% new oak, the 2014 Estate Reserve Chardonnay has an attractive bouquet that is well defined - grapefruit, lemon zest and a touch of lees coming through. The palate has good weight on the entry, just a hint of marmalade with lime and quince furnishing the balance and nuanced finish. Enjoy this over the next 8-10 years. 90 Points