Glenelly is a model wine estate on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountain and right in the middle of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Owned since 2003 by Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing, of Chateau Pichon Lalande fame, the farm has been converted from a plum farm into a top-tier vineyard by Madame May and her team of Heinrich Louw, Estate Manager and Vineyardist, and Luke O’Cuinneagain the Winemaker.
Luke and assistant Jerome Likwa endeavour to make Glenelly wines as naturally as possible with wild yeast fermentation and no acidification. The team follows a minimal intervention approach to winemaking yet intensive sorting and care is taken when receiving the grapes. They use France’s most recognised coopers (mostly from Taransaud, Boutes and Sylvain) to ensure a gentle and precise elevage, preserving the identity of the terroir of Glenelly. Hygiene is of utmost importance in the cellar and a combination of both hot water and ozonated water is used for cleaning.