Glenelly Estate

The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

8.7132 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
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
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
Ray Vanderhoff

Very green right out of the bottle. Poblano pepper and dill aromas eventually blow off highlighting blackberry/currant notes. Pallet is full of dark fruit. Tangy acidity and smooth tannins. Reasonable.

Very green right out of the bottle. Poblano pepper and dill aromas eventually blow off highlighting blackberry/currant notes. Pallet is full of dark fruit. Tangy acidity and smooth tannins. Reasonable.

Nov 6th, 2021
Bonnie Chu

Wines of South Africa tasting 🇿🇦 : not bad but less complex. More straightforward tangy, not as rich

Wines of South Africa tasting 🇿🇦 : not bad but less complex. More straightforward tangy, not as rich

Sep 15th, 2021
Kim Regan

Love this full bodied Cab ! Love the currant flavors and slight pepper finish.

Love this full bodied Cab ! Love the currant flavors and slight pepper finish.

Aug 1st, 2021
Leon H
8.9

Smooth, elegant!

Smooth, elegant!

Jun 12th, 2021
Greg Solfanelli

We can't remember if the last time we had Glenelly it was a vintage other than the 2018. Regardless, this 2018 is solid and at $10.99 per bottle you absolutely cannot go wrong.

We can't remember if the last time we had Glenelly it was a vintage other than the 2018. Regardless, this 2018 is solid and at $10.99 per bottle you absolutely cannot go wrong.

Mar 31st, 2021