Glenelly Estate wines are situated just on the eastern edge of Stellenbosch. The owners of Glenelly also own a little Chateau in Bordeaux called Pichon Comtesse. No biggie! I think that speaks volumes for the confidence in the terroir of South Africa. I love this and hope everyone can be as supportive of the wine community in South Africa.
Region - east edge of Stellenbosch town centre on the Simonsberg mountain.
A single variety Merlot aged in French oak for 12 months. Dark fruits and chocolate notes with a little hint of spiciness, cherries - all those luxury type of things you associate with Merlot. Rainfall in 2017 was 60mm less than 2016 and almost 180mm less than 2018, so concentrated fruit is the result for 2017.
Neal Martin an expert of Bordeaux wines said this about Glenelly - "For under $25 per bottle, one has to ask why you would bother with Bordeaux?"
Another great review was by Tim Atkins, who gave this wine 91 points.