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

Glenelly, Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

(2 reviews)

This is a classic Stellenbosch Cabernet from the former owner of Pichon Lalande, the world famous Bordeaux Estate.

Made from various parcels on the slopes of Glenelly Estate, it’s a wine of complexity and balance.

Youthful, leafy and very pure, with blackcurrant pastille fruit, tangy acidity and fine tannins – the hallmark of the Glass Collection wines.

91pts | Tim Atkin


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Cabernet Sauvignon

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100% Cabernet Sauvignon


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


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 Sauvignon 2018

  1. Platters | 89 Points

    “Deep & classic Simonsberg-Stellenbosch cab. 2018’s solid dark-fruit core supported by cedar, spice & nimble tannins from maturation in 15% new oak for 12 months. Amazing value, & plenty to go round.”

    Platter’s 2020

  2. Tim Atkin | 91 Points

    “You’d expect a winery created by a former second growth Bordeaux château owner to be good at making Cabernet Sauvignon, even at this comparatively inexpensive price, and you’d be right. Fresh, elegant and perfumed, with cassis and lead pencil notes, graceful tannins and stylish 15% new wood. 2022-26”

    Tim Atkin 2020 SA Report

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