Glenelly Grand Vin Chardonnay 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Glenelly Estate is in the Ida's Valley, located in Stellenbosch, on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. Its origins date back to the seventeenth century. Simon van der Stel, Governor of the Cape, gave the land to the Huguenot François Villion. In 1812, the estate passed to Johan Peter de Villiers, and finally in 1911 it became the property of a British Famliy, the Garlicks. They owned it for 92 years until its purchase in 2003 by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, who for over 30 years was the owner of the famous Bordeaux Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac Grand Cru Classé.
The Grand Vin white is a beautifully complex Chardonnay fermented and aged in new 500 litre French oak barrels.
"The creamy/mealy oak is evident but very well judged to allow pristine citrus fruit to show alongside the cedary aroma of the oak. Delicious and harmonious – an expert balance of fruit and oak with real elegance and length.”
17/20 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2015)