Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018 (Stellenbosch, South Africa) - [WS 92,

Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018
(Stellenbosch, South Africa) - [WS 92, #34 Top 100 of 2020] [VM 91]

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The grapes were whole-bunch pressed. The juice was transferred to new and second fill 500L blonde toasted barrels after a brief settling, naturally fermented and then left for 11 months on its lees. Total time in barrel was 11 months.


Tasting Notes

The estate reserve chardonnay displays a wonderful bright crisp color. The nose has tones of quince, citrus peel, lime and butterscotch caramel with hints of pear drop. The palate is lush, with poise and balance, vibrant citrus and mineral flavors leading the way to a long round textured finish.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points & #34 Top 100 of 2020 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Expressive and profound, beautifully balancing oak and fruit and floral flavors. Notes of apple, mint, heather and butter mingle in harmony, supported by vivid acidity. Picks up a bit of crunch toward the long, mouthwatering finish, adding to the interesting texture. Best from 2022 through 2032. 2,500 cases made, 1,009 cases imported." - AZ

91 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2018 Estate Reserve Chardonnay was whole-bunch-pressed and matured in 500-liter oak barrels. It is clearly a level up from the Glass Collection Chardonnay, displaying more mineral drive. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, the oak remaining discreetly in the background. Orange pith and tangerine notes appear toward the clean, pure finish. Lovely. " - Neal Martin (Nov 2019)