Glenelly Cabernet Franc red wine from Stellenbosch, SAGlenelly Cabernet Franc red wine from Stellenbosch, SA

Glenelly, Glass Collection Cabernet Franc 2017

(2 reviews)

This is Cabernet Franc in its purest form.

Enticing on the nose, with herbal notes of dried thyme backed up by black cherry and pencil lead.

Black cherries and graphite again on the palate with succulent blueberry notes. Silky tannins and a long, smooth finish.

92pts | Tim Atkin


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Cabernet Franc

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100% Cabernet Franc


The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was done by natural yeast mixture of rack and returns and open pump overs. Post fermentation skin contact for 2-3 weeks and pressed gently. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels.


Owned by May de Lencquesaing, former owner of Bordeaux’ Château Pichon-Lalande, Glenelly offers a Bordeaux-inspired structure with fine New World richness.

Glenelly Estate is situated in Idas Valley, Stellenbosch, on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. Its origins date back to the 17th century when Simon van der Stel, Governor of the Cape, gave the land to the French Huguenot François Villon in 1682. In 1812 the estate remained in French hands when it passed on to Johan Peter de Villiers.

So … why in 2003 did May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande purchase the estate? Why after 30 years in the wine business in France would she decide to plant vines in South Africa? Why would an ‘older’ lady invest in this ‘younger’ democracy and start a new adventure?

Because she believes in the soil, the micro climate and the potential for quality wines. Because she believes in continuing the long relationship between the French and winemaking in South Africa going back more than three centuries. And because she believes in South Africa and wishes to play a part in its economic development.

Winemaking at Glenelly is considered an art form and 2009 saw the inauguration, on this 128ha estate, of a winery which is a stellar example of modern methods, design and environmental awareness.

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2 reviews for Glenelly, Glass Collection Cabernet Franc 2017

  1. Tim Atkin | 92 Points

    ‘Produced in a vintage that Luke O’Cuinneagain describes as “spectacular”, this is a nuanced., well-balanced Cabernet Franc that wouldn’t look out of place in the Loire Valley. Subtle, leafy and floral with adroitly handled 25% new wood and a long, refreshing finish. 2020-25”

    Tim Atkin 2019 SA Report

  2. Platter’s | 88 Points

    “Less herbal than previous, 2017 has bright fruit notes layered with violets, crushed herbs & tealeaves. Crunchy, medium-bodied, with lingering savoury/spicy farewell.”

    Platter’s 2020

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