2013 Grand Vin Glenelly Estate
The 2013 Lady May is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot matured in 100% new barriques for 24 months. It has a nicely detailed bouquet of blackberry, cedar and pencil lead aromas, and the Cabernet Franc component is quite expressive. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin, underpinned by a very fine line of acidity. The pure blackberry, blueberry and graphite-infused finish lingers in the mouth. Of the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 , the 2013 is the best vintage. Excellent. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Aug 2018)
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A worthy successor to the 2012, this top end Stellenbosch blend (marrying Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot) lives up to the Bordeaux pedigree of its legendary owner, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing. Sappy, refined and mineral-etched, it’s fresh and stylish and subtle, with dense, age worthy tannins and a long, tight finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Sep 2017)
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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