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Glenelly - Glass Collection Merlot 2016


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Area: Simonsberg
  • Wine Maker: Luke O’Cuinneagain
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 15%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 86 (2011) WE: 87 (2009) TC: 89 (2010)

Wine tasting notes

The Glass Collection Merlot is a deep rich coloured wine. It displays intense dark fruits aromas and spicy plums. This Merlot shows tremendous concentration and generous fruit on the palate with fine but well structured tannins to embrace it all

Winery Information


From the highest echelons of the Bordeaux hierarchy, as former owner of Pauillac Second Growth Château Pichon-Lalande, the indefatigable May de Lencquesaing brings to Stellenbosch a lifetime of wine knowledge and passion. With skilled winemaker, Luke O’Cuinneagain at the helm, Glenelly Estate offers a Bordeaux-inspired structure with fine New World richness.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)86 pts

Oct 2013 - Neal Martin - The 2011 Glass Collection Merlot was matured in 25% new oak. It has a lifted, menthol-tinged bouquet with intense macerated red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and quite a tart, chocolaty finish that needs more freshness It feels a little angular in the mouth compared to its peers. Drink now-2016.

Wine Enthusiast (2009)87 pts

Jammy black fruit and berry notes fill the nose and mouth, while a hint of bramble and milk chocolate add depth and interest. Medium weight, with dusty but structured tannins, and a fudgy finish. ? L.B. (5/1/2012)

Tom Cannavan (2010)89 pts

Most difficult grape to grow, suffers heat stress terribly and shuts down according to Luke. So he opens the bunches completely to get maximum ripeness early, which thickens the skins as the grapes protect themselves avoiding burn and Porty flavours. Planted in heavy clay soils, Luke says he is looking for a big, structured style of Merlot, but he is not expecting the plushness that the grape can produce in Bordeaux: here it gives freshness to compliment the opulent Cabernet. Cedary, pencil shaving aromas, rich but fresh berry fruit. Nice creamy texture, soft attack, but the fruit is juicy and fresh. Sweet fruit and very good balance, quite spicy, lovely wine.

Vinification Notes

The grapes were hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. They were given a cold soak for three days before allowing the natural fermentation to start. Three pump overs a day were done on the tanks during fermentation, after which they underwent extended skin contact for 2-3 weeks. The wine was placed in French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Matured for 12 months in French oak and rack on average every four months.