Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Grand Glenelly

After coming across the name Glenelly through H&G, having never previously heard of it, my fiance and I went in search of it on e Saturday afternoon.

Naming itself the 'South African wine etsate with a French touch', it's almost hidden away in the Idas Valley just outside Stellenbosch, and just as we thought we were going toe wrong way, we found it.

Madame May de Lencquesaing, previously the owner of the famous Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux, France, purchased the Glenelly Estate in 2003 and started making wine. Well into her 80's, she came to South Africa with a wealth of experience and an ambition to make he best Bourdeaux-style blends in SA.

We loved the Shiraz, the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Shiraz, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Petit Verdoux blend as our top three wines from the estate, and the wines are reasonably priced at around R80-R100 per bottle.

The winetasting room is open until 4pm on Saturday and 4:30 Monday to Friday. It also has an impressive glass collection downstairs - really worth a visit for history lovers, as some of them are said to be older than 2000 year's old.
021 809 6440

* Cellar tours are offered during the week only.

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