Winemaking in South Africa beholds a rich history and it goes as far back as 1659. Despite its history, however, when other so-called ‘new world’ wine regions were making a mark for themselves internationally, South Africa was not. South Africa’s system of apartheid led to trade boycotts, which meant the region had no way of internationally trading much of its goods, including wine. Since the cessation of apartheid, and South Africa’s flying winemaker phase, the region has come to be known amongst the top 10 in the world.

If you couldn’t tell, our wine (Grand Vin de Glenelly Red 2009) today comes from South Africa, specifically from the Stellenbosch region – the second oldest wine region in South Africa.

The Glenelly Estate is said to be almost as old as winemaking is in South Africa, but it was not until the estate was purchased by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, who for over 30 years was the owner of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux, did winemaking become its core activity.

On colour, the Grand Vin de Glenelly Red 2009 holds a scarlet red hue. On the nose, raspberry, moist soil, herb and blackberries are noted.  On the palate, peppercorn, robust tannins, mineral and wheatgrass are present. If consumed, it is suggested that you let it breathe for at least one hour.

This wine is a red blend of 42% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $19.95

We gave this wine a score of 2 out of 5