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2012 Glenelly "Estate Reserve" Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch (Elsewhere $26+)

SKU #1396515 91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Blackberry compote, pressed violets, mulberries and some eucalyptus. Full body, lots of delicious fruit, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink in 2020. Inner quote mark (6/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Mature, showing a broad, loamy swath of currant and blackberry fruit flavors that have melded with smoldering tobacco and worn leather notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2019. (JM) Inner quote mark (12/2018)


Outer quote mark The 2012 Estate Reserve Red is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Syrah, 11% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot, matured in around 30% new oak for 18 months. It has an attractive nose of black fruit, given a nice herbal lift by touches of tobacco that come through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, thought perhaps just a little 'soft' for my liking, with a conservative, Left Bank-like finish (this despite the contribution of the Syrah). Drink now and over the next six to seven years. (NM) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Glenelly was purchased in 2003 by May de Lencquesaing, former owner of the highly respected and world-renowned winery Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux. This wine definitely carries with it the Bordeaux-syle the owner brought with her. Only the highest-end parcels go into this bottling and the addition of Syrah harks back to Bordeaux blends of the 19th century, when it was a common addition in Left Bank wines. Still showing incredibly vibrant and powerful, this is a lovely blend between the two worlds from the iconic winemaking region of Stellenbosch. (Stefanie Juelsgaard, K&L South Africa buyer) 94 points, Tim Atkin MW.

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2019 | Send Email
The secret to this South African Cabernet blend is the Shiraz, and other Southern Hemisphere producers know this, too! Those two varietals work magic together. This has the structure and savory aromatics that I love from SA Cabs, but with more texture and depth of fruit. This is a delicious red that offers complexity, texture at a reasonable price. The extra bottle age doesn't hurt as well.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2019 | Send Email
This amazing red blend from South Africa is a dead ringer for a left bank Bordeaux but with a twist. Slightly evolved notes of Cabernet Sauvignon ooze from the glass with classic mineral, lead pencil, spice box, and dark red berries. Hints of blueberries come through revealing the heavy addition of Syrah (38%). The longer this wine sat in my glass, the more interesting it became. It’s clearly a wine of excellent pedigree made by a skilled wine-making team. It's medium to full weight, with ripe but firm tannins, and a long intriguing finish. I would highly recommend this wine to Cabernet and Bordeaux enthusiasts. At $19.99 it represents incredible value.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2019 | Send Email
The nose is full of barrel spice backed up by earth, tobacco and gravel. On the palate the wine shows a supple weight, very smooth but with a linear axis that gives the wine some length and freshness. The finish is more of the earth and spice but the overall character comes across as smooth and supple

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2019 | Send Email
I'm always excited to find wines from producers who venture out beyond their own backyard to across the globe, because it means they are so passionate and believe that wine region to be so good, they will go to great lengths to make wine there. This exquisite bottling is one such example of that, with May de Lencquesaing of Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande fame, leaving behind Bordeaux to explore the growing South African wine industry. She has taken her years of expertise in Bordeaux and has translated that to this powerful and intricate red blend in Stellenbosch. Anytime someone makes the move from one of the most renowned wine regions in the world to invest in a place she finds to be more exciting, I sit up to take notice of what drew this person to their new passion. This bottling is a delicious blend of classic Bordeaux flavors of cedar, black fruits, and leather, with some quintessentially South African flavors of dried herb, tobacco, and blackberry. The addition of Syrah adds nice softness and fruit and provides a needed contrast to the powerful structure and savory characters of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. If one of the leading ladies of the wine industry thought this was a wine worth making, I am certainly excited to get it into as many hands as possible.
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