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Glenelly The Glass Collection Syrah 2011

February 21, 2015
by Christian Eedes
in What I Drank Last Night
with 0 Comments
Nicely observed.

Nicely observed.

Glenelly was acquired by former Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande owner Eliane de Lencquesaing in 2003 and this Stellenbosch property has been under particular scrutiny ever since.

Greatness takes time, though, and it’s only quite recently that I have a sense that the wines of this property are starting to take their place among South Africa’s best.

The  Grand Vin de Glenelly 2013 placed in the top 10 in my Chardonnay Report presented by Sanlam Private Wealth last year and I recently tried the second-label Glass Collection Syrah 2011 which I would also highly recommend.

Only a “small percentage” of bunches were destemmed before spontaneous fermentation while maturation took place in old oak for 12 months.

On the nose, red and black fruit, purple flowers, herbs and white pepper. Good flavour intensity without being weighty, fresh acidity, tannins not nearly as aggressive as some whole-bunch fermented wines. Perhaps not super-detailed but balanced and savoury – smashing value given a retail price of between R75 and R80 a bottle.

Score: 89/100.

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