Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Franc 2017
South Africa / Stellenbosch
Andy's Tasting Notes
There is good depth and length of flavour with this rounded and textural Cabernet Franc. Lovely elegance aligned to moreish raspberry, blueberry and plum fruit. Pure and fresh with subtle mineral, spice and smoky overtones.
Production notes – Winter was late, but cold enough to break dormancy. Very low rainfall led to extremely low soil moisture levels which meant that irrigation was key to relieving stress in the vineyard. A good spring led to good and even bud burst thanks to warm weather for the season with little to no rain. Although there were more bunches, the berries were smaller. The harvest was earlier than normal and larger than the previous year.
“… this is a nuanced, well-balanced Cabernet Franc that wouldn’t look out of place in the Loire Valley.” Tim Atkin MW
Price per bottle £12.40
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.
In 2003 May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande purchased the Glenelly estate. After 30 years in the wine business in France, she believed in the soil, the micro climate and the potential for quality wines in South Africa.
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