2012 Glenelly 'Estate Reserve' Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch (Elsewhere $26+) SKU #1396515

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K&L Notes

Glenelly was purchased in 2003 by May de Lencquesaing, former owner of the highly respected and world-renowned winery Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux. This wine definitely carries with it the Bordeaux-syle the owner brought with her. Only the highest-end parcels go into this bottling and the addition of Syrah harkens back to Bordeaux blends of the 19th century when it was a common addition in Left Bank wines. Still showing incredibly vibrant and powerful, this is a lovely blend between the two worlds from the iconic winemaking region of Stellenbosch. (Stefanie Juelsgaard - South Afirca Buyer, K&L Wine Merchants) 94/100 94 points Tim Atkin MW (2017)

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    The secret to this South African Cabernet blend is the Shiraz, and other Southern Hemisphere producers know this, too! Those two varietals work magic together. This has the structure and savory aromatics that I love from SA Cabs, but with more texture and depth of fruit. This is a delicious red that offers complexity, texture at a reasonable price. The extra bottle age doesn't hurt as well.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    This amazing red blend from South Africa is a dead ringer for a left bank Bordeaux but with a twist. Slightly evolved notes of Cabernet Sauvignon ooze from the glass with classic mineral, lead pencil, spice box, and dark red berries. Hints of blueberries come through revealing the heavy addition of Syrah (38%). The longer this wine sat in my glass, the more interesting it became. It’s clearly a wine of excellent pedigree made by a skilled wine-making team. It's medium to full weight, with ripe but firm tannins, and a long intriguing finish. I would highly recommend this wine to Cabernet and Bordeaux enthusiasts. At $19.99 it represents incredible value.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose is full of barrel spice backed up by earth, tobacco and gravel. On the palate the wine shows a supple weight, very smooth but with a linear axis that gives the wine some length and freshness. The finish is more of the earth and spice but the overall character comes across as smooth and supple
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm always excited to find wines from producers who venture out beyond their own backyard to across the globe, because it means they are so passionate and believe that wine region to be so good, they will go to great lengths to make wine there. This exquisite bottling is one such example of that, with May de Lencquesaing of Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande fame, leaving behind Bordeaux to explore the growing South African wine industry. She has taken her years of expertise in Bordeaux and has translated that to this powerful and intricate red blend in Stellenbosch. Anytime someone makes the move from one of the most renowned wine regions in the world to invest in a place she finds to be more exciting, I sit up to take notice of what drew this person to their new passion. This bottling is a delicious blend of classic Bordeaux flavors of cedar, black fruits, and leather, with some quintessentially South African flavors of dried herb, tobacco, and blackberry. The addition of Syrah adds nice softness and fruit and provides a needed contrast to the powerful structure and savory characters of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. If one of the leading ladies of the wine industry thought this was a wine worth making, I am certainly excited to get it into as many hands as possible.
    Top Value!


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