May-Eliane de Lencquesaing's Pauillac heritage shows in this wine, whose smoky-cassis fruit is spiced up by 10% Petit Verdot.
(Steven Recommends, Decanter Magazine).
91/100 Steven Spurrier (Jul 2015)
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(blended with 10% Petit Verdot): Full medium ruby. Black cherry, cassis, menthol, bitter chocolate, minerals and spices on the ripe nose. Smooth and seamless, showing lovely early sweetness to the dark berry, graphite and spice flavors. (But this wine is technically very dry, at 1.3 grams per liter residual sugar.) Shows a distinctly cool herbal element and moderate flesh but finishes with harmonious tannins and excellent length. Lay this one down for at least a few years.
90+ Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Jun 2015)
Lady May is Glenelly’s Flagship Estate wine. Elegant and complex, the wine develops flavours of cassis, blackcurrant, dark cherry, touch of graphite and delicate spicy plum. Fresh and vibrant, the evolution of the wine introduces flavours specific to Glenelly’s terroir. Deeply coloured and perfectly balanced, the wine displays an exquisite structure with velvety tannins and a very good aging capability. Can age during 12 to 18 years.
Graceful & stylish, cab with a dash of petit verdot, all 2010's components - berry fruit, new oak, fine tannins, fresh acid, & 14.7% alcohol - melded into seamless class.
4½ stars Platter's South African Wine Guide
Glenelly Estate: Full Wine List and Profile
Glenelly Estate in the Idas Valley, Stellenbosch, is the home estate of May de Lencquesaing, previous owner of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Bordeaux. This is no retirement home, but an ambitious project to make serious wines in one of the Cape's most beautiful and best sited vineyard areas. May has recruited Luke O'Cuinneagain as winemaker, whose career includes Chateau Fieuzal, Angelus, Screaming Eagle and five years at Rustenberg before joining Glenelly. He is assisted by Adi Badenhost as consultant winemaker. There are three ranges of wine made at the estate. The 'Glass Collection'; premium varietals from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Chardonnay. The 'Grand Vin': the signature blend of the estate, using Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged 18 month in oak barrels. 'Lady May'; the flagship wine made of the best Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 24 months in new oak.
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