Next up was a visit to their cellar, where May de Lencquesaing’s grandson and Glenelly’s export director, Nicholas Bureau, popped the cork on the new-release 2013 Glenelly Estate Reserve as well as two earlier vintages. It’s the signature blend of the estate and harks back to the Claret style of days gone by because in addition to the traditional varieties that make up a Bordeaux blend, Syrah (Shiraz) is also added to the blend. It was such a privilege getting to taste three vintages of this exceptionally elegant wine, even more so in a tasting led by Nicholas and winemaker Luke.
Then it was on to lunch at the Vine Bistro where chef, Cristophe Dehosse, treated us to a French-inspired 3-course meal. It started with quail, moved on to melt-in-the-mouth beef and ended with cheese. It’s fine dining, bistro-style and such a joy. The menu constantly changes, making the most of seasonal and local produce.
Now I always get annoyed when foodies write about experiences they’ve had that readers cannot replicate. Because really, what’s the point in that? But in this case of course you can. Pop into Glenelly for a tasting, visit the glass museum and get your French vibe on by playing some petanque. End your day there by enjoying a cheese platter outside on the terrace, or a lovely meal at the Vine Bistro. The views are stupendous, the wines very, very fine and the food seriously soul-pleasing French-inspired fare. Do visit this Stellenbosch gem, you won’t be disappointed.
Glenelly’s tasting centre and glass museum are open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm. The Vine Bistro is open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch from 12pm, and Thursday to Saturday for dinner from 6:30pm.