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Glenelly Estate Reserve Rouge


The Glenelly Estate Reserve Rouge has a dark, deep and rich ruby colour. There are aromas of blackcurrant and spicy plum fruit, with notes of toast, tobacco and cedar in the background of the complex yet elegant nose. The palate has a great intensity and concentration, fantastic freshness and fine, elegant, but well structured tannins, with oak that is balanced and nicely integrated.

Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Subregion: Stellenbosch
Vintage: 2013
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Bordeaux, sort of
Drink With: A Sunday piece of roast beef with all of the trimmings

WEATHER CONDITIONS. The 2013 harvest started two weeks later than normal. A prolonged winter into September followed by a cool spring meant a delay in bud burst by 14 days. However, cold and wet conditions helped with an even bud burst and meant the vines had enough water for the warm conditions later in the season. A warm November and moist soils lead to dense canopies which meant greater management was needed. Due to a warm dry December later cultivars ripened earlier and the earlier cultivars later, which lead to pressure in the cellar.

WINEMAKING. The grapes were hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. They were given a cold soak for three days before natural fermentation was allowed to start. Three pump overs a day were done on the tanks during fermentation, after which they underwent extended skin contact for 2-3 weeks. The wine was placed in French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Matured for 18 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.


Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
Platter: 4.5*
Vinous: 91 pts
Wine Advocate: 90 pts