Glenelly Estate

The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

8.7138 ratings
8.710 pro ratings
Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Dark Ruby with simple aromas of dark fruits and floral spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry and currants with notes of vanilla oak. Medium finish, fine tannins, easy drinking, ok for price. Drink now.

Dark Ruby with simple aromas of dark fruits and floral spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry and currants with notes of vanilla oak. Medium finish, fine tannins, easy drinking, ok for price. Drink now.

Jan 10th, 2022
Sue Mohle

Super smooth and Rich. With lots of toasted tree nuts, black raspberries, and river stones. Classic south African juice

Super smooth and Rich. With lots of toasted tree nuts, black raspberries, and river stones. Classic south African juice

Apr 14th, 2019
Matt Sterr

Like the earthy, leathery and earthy flavors.

Like the earthy, leathery and earthy flavors.

Oct 15th, 2015
Adam Kincaid

Quite disappointing. A bit of a muddled mess of flavors and smells with nothing really standing out or lingering. Has some earthy qualities, some wood (oak?) and dark fruit. Structure is ok, medium bodied.

Quite disappointing. A bit of a muddled mess of flavors and smells with nothing really standing out or lingering. Has some earthy qualities, some wood (oak?) and dark fruit. Structure is ok, medium bodied.

Dec 1st, 2014
Bill Bender

This was a muddled mess. Perhaps too young. Did not love it.

This was a muddled mess. Perhaps too young. Did not love it.

Nov 11th, 2014
Chris A

Solid dry Cab Sav that pairs quite well with a meat dish. Good on the nose, easy and smooth on the palette with a nice finish.

Solid dry Cab Sav that pairs quite well with a meat dish. Good on the nose, easy and smooth on the palette with a nice finish.

Nov 9th, 2023
Neil W
9.0

$17 Bottle House club Nov 2023

$17 Bottle House club Nov 2023

Nov 4th, 2023
Paul Damaske

Yummy. Nice fruit, balance

Yummy. Nice fruit, balance

Apr 29th, 2023
Nicolas Greinacher

Medium ruby with purple reflexes, the 2018 The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon opens with notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, dried herbs, earth, toast, dark chocolate and some fresh mint. Medium-bodied, with ripe, slightly rustic tannins and good flavor concentration, the wine ends with a savory finish. Drink now until 2025.

Medium ruby with purple reflexes, the 2018 The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon opens with notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, dried herbs, earth, toast, dark chocolate and some fresh mint. Medium-bodied, with ripe, slightly rustic tannins and good flavor concentration, the wine ends with a savory finish. Drink now until 2025.

Nov 27th, 2022
Adriana Fabbro

For a good time, bring this wine to your next blind tasting.
For us industry folk who took a certain exam earlier this year, this wine revealed 1) what a silly value South Africa is right now 2) how ignorant we Americans are generally about what’s happening there today (so scarred by pinotage are we).

In a blind tasting, some of us called this 100% Cab a warm vintage medoc (a touch of bret), some (🙋🏻‍♀️) called it Napa (eucalyptus!), others (also catching that mint/eucalyptus note) called it Coonawarra…. But all of us rated it highly. We noted the well-integrated oak, the intensity and complexity of flavors and aroma, balance of ripe fruit with fresh acidity, ripe firm tannins and a hint of green pepper,..

Lol. Turns out we had been waxing poetic about a $16 Cab from South Africa 🤯

To make us feel better, the founder of Glenelly estate estate in Stellenbosch is Bordeaux aristocracy (the nearly 100 year old Lady May was raised at Chateau Palmer and later served as GM of CdLalande). Even though this is the estate’s entry level wine, few corners were cut in making it (hand picked fruit, early picking to retain freshness, natural yeast fermentations, actual 12+ month aging in French oak) rarely seen at wines of this price point. Undeniably new world in flavor profile (rich, ripe, fruit forward, smooth—yes, there’s even a touch of RS in there but it’s deployed well), but raised by a French governess. Not everyone’s cup of tea for sure, but a really well made wine IMHO.

For a good time, bring this wine to your next blind tasting.
For us industry folk who took a certain exam earlier this year, this wine revealed 1) what a silly value South Africa is right now 2) how ignorant we Americans are generally about what’s happening there today (so scarred by pinotage are we).

In a blind tasting, some of us called this 100% Cab a warm vintage medoc (a touch of bret), some (🙋🏻‍♀️) called it Napa (eucalyptus!), others (also catching that mint/eucalyptus note) called it Coonawarra…. But all of us rated it highly. We noted the well-integrated oak, the intensity and complexity of flavors and aroma, balance of ripe fruit with fresh acidity, ripe firm tannins and a hint of green pepper,..

Lol. Turns out we had been waxing poetic about a $16 Cab from South Africa 🤯

To make us feel better, the founder of Glenelly estate estate in Stellenbosch is Bordeaux aristocracy (the nearly 100 year old Lady May was raised at Chateau Palmer and later served as GM of CdLalande). Even though this is the estate’s entry level wine, few corners were cut in making it (hand picked fruit, early picking to retain freshness, natural yeast fermentations, actual 12+ month aging in French oak) rarely seen at wines of this price point. Undeniably new world in flavor profile (rich, ripe, fruit forward, smooth—yes, there’s even a touch of RS in there but it’s deployed well), but raised by a French governess. Not everyone’s cup of tea for sure, but a really well made wine IMHO.

Dec 30th, 2021