Glenelly Chardonnay red wine from Stellenbosch, SAGlenelly Chardonnay red wine from Stellenbosch, SA

Glenelly, Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay 2020

Foregoing oak ageing to preserve the wine’s purity, this zesty Chardonnay is intense, ripe and generous.

Flint and citrus peel on the nose. On the palate, intense and complex fruit flavours compliment a clean, flint core with a wonderful long finish.


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100% Chardonnay


The grapes were lightly crushed and gently pressed. The juice was transferred to two stainless steel fermenters where it underwent spontaneous fermentation (wild ferment). The two tanks ran at different temperatures one at 13 degrees and the other at 18 degrees. The wine was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and was left on the lees until bottling took place.


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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