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Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Franc


Glenelly released the Glass Collection Cabernet Franc for the first time in 2014; previously all of the fruit was used in other wines. It displays a deep rich colour with a purple tinge on the edge. The nose entices with notes of wild herbs - dried thyme, oregano and the Cape Fynbos. The palate is dominated by aromas of dark cherries, blueberries and graphite together with silky tannins and it culminates in a long smooth finish.

Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Subregion: Stellenbosch
Vintage: 2017
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Screwcap
Style: Wild and wholesome red
Drink With: Char-grilled meats

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.

The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks, followed by fermentation by natural yeast with a mixture of rack and returns and open pump overs. Post fermentation, there was skin contact for 2-3 weeks before it was pressed gently. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels which were racked on average every 4 months; a total of 12 months’ ageing took place.

Tim Atkin: 92 points