In 2003, at the youthful age of 78, May-Elaine de Lenquesaing bought a property on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain and begin renovating the property of what was to become Glenelly Estate. What makes this story so compelling is that she was the previous owner of one of Bordeaux’s great wines estates, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Almost two decades later and the end results have been impressive and her vision has started to manifest itself beautifully. One of the better ways to get a feel for what an estate can offer is through its entry level wines. In this case the Glass Collection series, particularly with the Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, is a phenomenal effort. The just released 2018 Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is another great example of why Stellenbosch is now recognized as one of the best places on the planet for producing Cabernet and more importantly, also some of the best valued Cabernet in the world.
91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2020
You’d expect a winery created by a former second growth Bordeaux chateau owner to be good at making Cabernet Sauvignon, even at this comparatively inexpensive price, and you’d be right. Fresh, elegant and perfumed, with cassis and lead pencil notes, graceful tannins and stylish 15% new wood. 2022-2016