Stellenbosch Glenelly Estate
May-Eliane de Lencquesaing had no thoughts of a quiet retirement when in 2003 at the age of 78, she purchased Glenelly in Idas Valley, Stellenbosch, with the firm intention of establishing it as a world-class wine producing estate. A true member of Bordeaux royalty, Madame de Lencquesaing grew up between the family estates of Pichon Lalande, Palmer, Siran and Ducru-Beaucaillou. Vintners since 1783, her South African endeavours have extended the family’s reign to the vineyards of the New World, combining French elegance with the power and individual terroir of the Cape.
Vineyards and Viticulture
Heinrich Louw, the viticulturist at Glenelly, and winemakers Luke O’Cuinneagain and Jerome Likwa follow the same principals in the vineyard as in the winery; attention to detail, minimal intervention and sustainability. Grapes are picked early to retain acidity and freshness, and are thoroughly sorted on reception into the winery. Once inside the 5 floor, gravity-flow winery, the wines begin spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts, no acidification takes place. Some French oak is used, but the aim with each wine range is to exemplify the unique soil and growing conditions of this northern fringe of Stellenbosch.
New to our list in 2018 was the Glass Collection from Glenelly. Madame de Lecquesaing had to part with her renowned antique and contemporary glass collection when she sold Pichon Lalande to Louise Roederer, but since setting up at Glenelly has replaced, and possibly surpassed, her earlier collection and named a range of wines after it. From this collection we stock their Unoaked Chardonnay (fresh and racy) and their Merlot (intense and minty) and both come highly recommended.
It is worth keeping your eyes open for our offer of their flagship wine, Lady May, a Bordeaux blend that comes from a single east-facing vineyard and their Estate Reserve wines too.
Have a look at their website (and Madame de Lecquesaing’s glass collection) here: https://glenellyestate.com/