2014 Grand Vin Glenelly Estate
The 2014 Lady May is naturally fermented and matured in 300-liter French oak. Two bottles were tasted, one slightly oxidized, the other much more representative, offering vibrant blackberry and bilberry fruit and scents of cedar and wild mint that emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and well-judged acidity. There is a light spicy undercurrent, and white pepper and clove linger on the finish. Very fine. Drinking range: 2023 - 2040 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)
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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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