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Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018

A Hardy Well-Harvested Wine

This late har¬≠vest vin¬≠tage from Glenel¬≠ly Estate faced some chal¬≠lenges, but the for¬≠ti¬≠tude of the ter¬≠roir proved a bless¬≠ing, lead¬≠ing to one of the most excel¬≠lent vin¬≠tages pro¬≠duced on the estate.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

The Estate Reserve Chardon¬≠nay by Glenel¬≠ly Estate is bright and crisp in col¬≠or, waft¬≠ing beau¬≠ti¬≠ful scents of quince and cit¬≠rus peel, lime, pear, and but¬≠ter¬≠scotch caramel up to the nose. On the palate, it is lush but bal¬≠anced, with vibrant min¬≠er¬≠al and cit¬≠rus fla¬≠vors that end in a delight¬≠ful¬≠ly tex¬≠tured finish. 

PAIR­INGS

South African Chardon¬≠nays from the Stel¬≠len¬≠bosch region have pride of place in any wine dis¬≠cus¬≠sion. They go beau¬≠ti¬≠ful¬≠ly with the shell¬≠fish from along the coast and are a sushi-lover‚Äôs dream. Flaky grilled fish, from hal¬≠ibut to a well-cho¬≠sen salmon‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČthe wine‚Äôs acid¬≠i¬≠ty brings out the best in them. It goes well with strong cheeses like Asi¬≠a¬≠go and Har¬≠vati, with well-toast¬≠ed almonds on the side. This is a vegetarian‚Äôs wine, too, as this wine will car¬≠ry you through a meal from sal¬≠ad to won¬≠der¬≠ful oven-roast¬≠ed veg¬≠gie med¬≠leys. Of course, fresh, fruity desserts like banana bread or vanil¬≠la pud¬≠ding also love this mild wine!

STEEPED IN SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY

The Glenel¬≠ly Estate is one of those rare winer¬≠ies twice-born. The orig¬≠i¬≠nal win¬≠ery was cre¬≠at¬≠ed in 1783, dur¬≠ing the set¬≠tle¬≠ment of French Huguenots in South Africa. Elie Miail¬≠he, the orig¬≠i¬≠na¬≠tor of the estate, was grant¬≠ed the title of ‚Äč‚Äúroy¬≠al wine bro¬≠ker‚ÄĚ when the win¬≠ery came into being. The estate passed on to his chil¬≠dren and grand¬≠chil¬≠dren but even¬≠tu¬≠al¬≠ly left the fam¬≠i¬≠ly‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČuntil 2003. Grand dame May de Lenc¬≠que¬≠saing recov¬≠ered her family‚Äôs old estate at the age of 73 and set about revi¬≠tal¬≠iz¬≠ing the vine¬≠yards. Thus, the new Glenel¬≠ly Estate was born.

Storage Instructions

Store your unopened bot¬≠tle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from con¬≠stant vibra¬≠tion. Keep your bot¬≠tle hor¬≠i¬≠zon¬≠tal in a wine rack or cel¬≠lar to retain the moist¬≠ness of the cork. The ide¬≠al tem¬≠per¬≠a¬≠ture for stor¬≠age is between 7 to 15¬įC. Once opened, a bot¬≠tle will be good for 3 to 5 days stand¬≠ing upright in the refrigerator.

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