Glenelly | Stellenbosch, South Africa

Glenelly, Lady May, 2016

Glenelly, Lady May, 2016

  • Red Still
  • 75cl
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Elegant and complex, Glenelly Lady May develops flavours of cassis, blackcurrant, dark cherry, a touch of graphite and delicate, spicy plum fruit. Fresh and vibrant, Lady May is the definitive introduction to Glenelly's terroir. Deeply coloured and perfectly balanced, the wine displays an exquisite structure and velvety tannins, easily giving it the capability to evolve gracefully over the next 12-15 years.

From the highest echelons of the Bordeaux hierarchy, as former owner of Pauillac second growth Ch√¢teau Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande, the indefatigable May-Eliane de Lencquesaing has brought a lifetime of wine knowledge and passion to Stellenbosch. With skilled winemaker Luke O'Cuinneagain at the helm, Glenelly Estate offers wines with Bordeaux-inspired structure and fine, New World richness.

Lady May is Glenelly's flagship estate wine. The 2016 Bordeaux blend (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet franc, 6% Petit Verdot) pays tribute to the pedigree of its legendary owner, May de Lencquesaing - balanced, refined and mineral. Etched with underlining fruit power, it is fresh, stylish and subtle with dense age worthy tannins and a long, tight finish.

"She will be giving her old Deuxième Cru a run for its money soon (and let's not even think about comparing prices!)‚Äù
Neal Martin, (of Glenelly's proprietor May-Eliane de Lencquesaing)


The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks and fermentation started with indigenous yeast and a mixture of rack-and-returns and open pump-overs. Post-fermentation skin contact lasted 2 to 3 weeks before gentle pressing and transferring into new French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place. The wine stayed on its lees for a considerable period of time before racking (on average, every 4 months) and enjoyed a maturation of 24 months in new French oak barrels.

Awards Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts

  • ❖ ABV: 15%

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A new chapter began for the Glenelly Estate in 2003 when it was acquired by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, esteemed owner of Bordeaux’s Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Driven by her belief in the Cape’s terroir, her desire to contribute to South Africa’s economic development, and her commitment to continuing the three-century heritage of French winemaking in the country, the estate, which had traditionally focused on fruit production, was transformed.

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