Stellenbosch Wines - Glenelly Estate
South African wines with a French touch: Glenelly Estate from Stellenbosch.
Your Sommelier is specialised in French wine but this does not mean we are unable to recognize the brilliant quality of wines from other parts of the world. We have decided to offer a few bottles from Glenelly Estate, the most French producer in South Africa!
The story of Glenelly is quite telling. May de Lencquesaing, the former owner of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (the famous Second Cru Classé in Pauillac), purchased the estate in 2003 and turned it into a vineyard. She believed in the potential of the terroir and the development of quality wines in South Africa, with a Bordeaux influence of course. After selling Pichon Comtesse to Champagne Roederer in 2006, she decided to settle permanently in Stellenbosch to develop Glenelly. Her idea was to plant Bordeaux grape varieties - among others - to make Bordeaux-style wines in this region.
The result is simply brilliant and the wines are now well rated by critics like Robert Parker, Jancis Robinson or Tim Atkin. Reds are aromatic, balanced and rather full-bodied whereas whites are delicious, fruity and crispy Chardonnays - with or without oak. Most of them really taste like French wine and prices are very, very reasonable. Whether you like South African or French wines, have a try with Glenelly!