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Glenelly - Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Area: Simonsberg
  • Wine Maker: Luke O’Cuinneagain
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 88 (2011) VS: 89 (2012) WS: 87 (2012) WE: 90 (2009) TC: 90 (2010)

Wine tasting notes

The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon develops a very complex nose with flavours of blackcurrant, cherry, a touch of spices and chocolate. The wine has a good tannin structure, perfect balance and length, with layers of flavour.

Winery Information


Glenelly Estate lies in the Idas Valley, en route from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek on the beginning of the Helshoogte Pass. Its origins date back to the 17th century. Simon van der Stel, Governor of the Cape, gave the land to the French Huguenot Fran?ois Villon in 1682. In 1812 the estate remained in French hands when it passed on to Johan Peter de Villiers. The vineyards are a heritage site which is revered in Glenelly's holistic approach. The architecture of the main cellar building allows.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)88 pts

Oct 2013 - Neal Martin - The 2011 Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon sees 20% new oak. It has an opulent bouquet with small dark cherries, fresh prune and cassis that is nicely defined. The palate is ripe and generous on the entry with grippy tannins, good acidity, but some dryness creeping into what is a very oaky finish. Drink 2014-2022.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)89 pts

June 15 by Stephen Tanzer - Healthy red-ruby. Bright, cool cassis and licorice aromas are complicated by bitter chocolate, tobacco leaf, black pepper and fresh herbs. Smooth on the palate, with enticing, somewhat herbal flavors of dark berries, rosemary and thyme. Offers an attractive restrained sweetness and finishes with serious but fine-grained tannins and a slight rigidity. Winemaker O'Cuinneagain noted that he's making this wine in a more accessible, generous style these days, doing a less extractive vinifiction and using less new oak. I find these tannins a bit more noble than those of the Merlot but this wine nonetheless needs a bit of time to expand in the bottle.

Wine Spectator (2012)87 pts

A medium-weight, herb-tinged version, with a core of cherry and red currant fruit, framed with singed cedar and tobacco notes. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2009)90 pts

This is a very nice Cab at an extremely friendly price. Smoke and deep black fruit are the first impressions from the bouquet, with aromas of whole tobacco leaf and balsamic reduction appearing upon further nosing. Filling and velvety in the mouth, a kiss of charred oak and roasted cocoa nibs remain through the close. ? L.B. (11/1/2011)

Tom Cannavan (2010)90 pts

Nice touch of herbal edge to this, and has a dried herbal character which Luke says is a classic Simonsberg mountain. That character is there, as well as really fresh blackcurrant and a touch of cedar. This gets around 25% new oak, all 300 litre barrels. Rich palate, plum and blackcurrant sweep across, fine tannins, nice sandy suppleness, and good acid. A hint of anise and clove spice, and delicious.

Vinification Notes

he grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was done by natural yeast with a mixture of rack and returns and open pump overs. Post fermentation skin contact during 2-3 weeks and pressed gently. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels. Racked on average every 4 months. Matured during 12 months in oak. During the aging, the wine is clarified with natural egg whites and bottled later..