Glenelly Grand Vin is the signature red blend of the estate. The wine is a deep and dark wine much like the 2006 vintage. Rich, savoury character of Shiraz with specifics flavours of blackberries, cherries, cassis and floral tones. Good richness of ripe fruit and pepper-spice supported by a firm tanins structure. Very good oak integration. The palate entry develop tremendous concentration of flavours with a very good complexity and a fresh long finish.
Weather Conditions – Simonsberg, Stellenbosch:
•After 2006 harvest winter was mild.
•Cool in early growth season, good rains in October to December.
•Very little rain in January 2007 played a role in increasing quality.
•February and March was cool to normal with above average rainfall.
•Uneven shoot growth due to cooler climate.
•Bunch weight was light and delayed ripening.
•Long harvesting season.
•Yield 6,5 Tons/HA. 44 Hl/Ha.
•Harvested by hand from early February to late March.
The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks for natural fermentation (25-28˚C). During the fermentation, 3 pump overs a day were done. Post fermentation skin contact during 2-3 weeks. After fermentation the wine was pressed and the malolactic fermentation was started in French oak barrels. The wine was then aged for 18 months in barrel, one third new oak.
44% Shiraz, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 1% Petit-Verdot
13,150 cases - 78,900 bottles
Alcohol : 14,2% Vol.
Total Acidity : 5,4 g/L
pH : 3,7
Residual Sugar : 1,9 g/L