6 bottle pack.
A classic South African Bordeaux-blend, the Lady May 2015 is 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot This is Glenelly's flagship wine, crafted from a single vineyard planted on a cool east-facing slope.
The Glenelly Estate is a beautiful winery buried in a little corner of the Idas Valley in Stellenbosch. The property was famously bought in 2003 by Madame May de Lencquesaing of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande fame in Pauillac, Bordeaux, with a vision to transform the property into one of the preeminent fine wine producers in Stellenbosch.
Deep, dark and broody, this wine speaks with all the confidence of a 5-star blockbuster vintage. Brimming with black menthol cassis, boiled blackberry sweets, black cherry and tight grained cedar spice, this wine wears a gown of graphite and stony minerality. Tight, focused and impressively compact, this has quality from the moment it hits the glass.
This is the culmination of years of winemaking refinement and is without doubt the finest red wine produced to date at the Glenelly Estate revealing the true terroir quality potential of these groomed, premium Stellenbosch vineyards. Drink from now (with decanting) and over the next 20+ years.
96+/100 Greg Sherwood MW
94/100 Tim Aiken MW
Producer Information: Glenelly
Owned by May de Lencquesaing, former owner of Bordeaux' Château Pichon-Lalande, Glenelly offers a Bordeaux-inspired structure with fine New World richness.
Glenelly Estate is situated in Idas Valley, Stellenbosch, on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. Its origins date back to the 17th century when Simon van der Stel, Governor of the Cape, gave the land to the French Huguenot François Villon in 1682. In 1812 the estate remained in French hands when it passed on to Johan Peter de Villiers.
So … why in 2003 did May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande purchase the estate? Why after 30 years in the wine business in France would she decide to plant vines in South Africa? Why would an ‘older’ lady invest in this ‘younger’ democracy and start a new adventure?
Because she believes in the soil, the micro climate and the potential for quality wines. Because she believes in continuing the long relationship between the French and winemaking in South Africa going back more than three centuries. And because she believes in South Africa and wishes to play a part in its economic development.
Winemaking at Glenelly is considered an art form and 2009 saw the inauguration, on this 128ha estate, of a winery which is a stellar example of modern methods, design and environmental awareness.