Wine Menu presents Glenelly wine evening at La Luna restaurant with winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain

Glenelly winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain will be presenting some of the estate’s premier wines at an intimate wine and food pairing dinner, organised by Wine Menu, to be held at Melville’s La Luna restaurant on Thursday, February 23.

Included in the tasting is the estate’s flagship wine Lady May 2011, an award-winning Bordeaux-inspired wine which gives a definitive introduction to Glenelly’s terroir. Other Glenelly wines to be poured on the evening include the Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2014 and the Glass Collection Unwooded Chardonnay 2016, Syrah 2014 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. They have all been recently released with new labels and packaging.

In 2003, May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, purchased Glenelly, part of the original Idas Valley farm, granted in 1682 by Simon van der Stel. She brought with her to Stellenbosch a lifetime of wine knowledge and passion. With skilled winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain at the helm, Glenelly Estate offers wines with Bordeaux-inspired structure and fine New World richness.

The chef-owners of La Luna, Klaus Beckmann and Lindy Pretorius, have devised a special four-course meal to complement the Glenelly wines, the cost of which is R500 per person.

Beckmann has travelled the world from Berlin to Johannesburg via Paris, Basel, Cape Town, Kiev, Bucharest, Shanghai and Osaka working for InterContinental, Orient Express, Sofitel and private restaurants. Before opening La Luna, Beckmann worked at The Westcliff. He currently also heads up the Junior South African National Culinary Team.  Pretorius is one of the country’s most acclaimed pastry chefs who worked in the two Michelin star Connaught London before returning to South Africa.

Says organiser Corlien Morris from Wine Menu: “We carefully choose some of South Africa’s best estates to show at our wine dinners. We are delighted to be showcasing Glenelly’s three tiers of wine – the Glass Collection range, single varietal wines with a great expression of the terroir and vintage; chardonnay from the Estate Reserve and Lady May, named in honour of Glenelly’s Grande Dame which comes predominantly from a single vineyard.”

Dinner details:
Glenelly with winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain
Date: Thursday, February 23, at 18h30 for 19h00
Place: La Luna in Melville
Price: R500 per person including a four course meal and paired wine. All other extras are for the diner’s own account.
Booking: Seats are limited to 30 people so book now with Corlien Morris on 0833790030 or email corlien@winemenu.co.za.

Wine Menu dates to diarise for 2017

  • April 5 – Grenache masterclass
  •  May 18 – Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Festival
  • September 14 – The Unusuals Festival


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