Glenelly Lady May 2015 Stellenbosch

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69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. Deep, dark and broody, this Cape Bordeaux Blend speaks with all the authority and confidence of a 5 star block buster vintage. Brimming with black menthol cassis, boiled black berry sweets, black cherry and tight grained cedar spice, this wine wears a super hero gown of graphite and stony minerality and whispers quality from the moment it hits the glass. Tight, focused and impressively compact, there is a seamless saline black currant balance with linear polished marble tannins and a super intense concentration. This wine represents 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 release with decanting and over the next 20+ years." 96+/100 Greg Sherwood MW

"What a delight. I've been enthusiastically following the releases of this top wine and I think this is the best yet. Supposedly made to resemble the Bordeaux Lafite Rothschild 1873 – yes, I don't know what that was like either. But the great Madame de Lencquesaing presumably does – and this Bordeaux blend, led by Cabernet Sauvignon, is elegant, coutured, suave and confident, a perfect marriage of oak and dark red fruit going towards black, with salt liquorice and black olives if you don't have a sweet tooth, and that irresistible Bordeaux scent of menthol and graphite with cedar to come in a few years' time." 96/100 points – Oz Clarke

96/100 – Winemag.co.za, Christian Eedes

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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.

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