2015 Glenelly Chardonnay
This leads with a powerful toasted-oak overlay to the ripe fruit tones of yellow melon, grilled apple and peach preserves. The mouthfeel is round and full, with a slightly pithy texture that lends some structure to the robust palate. Medium acidity keeps the richness in check, while a pleasant minty afterthought dances through the close. Drink now–2020.
Located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg, Glenelly is owned by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, Bordeaux doyenne and former owner of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Struck by the tremendous potential of South Africa's terroir and the beauty of the country, Mme de Lencquesaing decided to embark on a French adventure on African soil. She purchased Glenelly in 2003, and subsequently planted 66 of the property's 128 hectares to vineyards. The first estate-grown fruit came on line in 2007, and Glenelly's state-of-the-art winery building was completed in 2009. The wines are fermented naturally and made with as little intervention as possible, seeking to achieve the perfect balance of French style and South African terroir.