Glenelly Lady May wine from Stellenbosch, SAGlenelly Lady May wine from Stellenbosch, SA

Glenelly, Lady May 2014

(2 reviews)

Glenelly Estate’s much awarded flagship wine.

This 2014 Bordeaux Blend shows the pedigree of legendary owner May De Lencquesaing – previous owner of the world famous Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande of Bordeaux.

Balanced, refined and mineral – etched with underlying fruit power. It is fresh, stylish and subtle with dense, age worthy tannins and a long tight finish.

An iconic Stellenbosch red.

96pts | Tim Atkin

£33.95

In stock

Stellenbosch

Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

LightFull Bodied

Description

GRAPE VARIETIES

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

WINEMAKING

The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was done by natural yeast with a mixture of rack and returns and open pump overs. We did post fermentation skin contact for 2-3 weeks and pressed gently.

Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels. The wine stayed on the lees for a long period of time before racking. Racked on average every 4 months. Matured during 2 months in new French oak barrels. During aging, the wine is with natural egg whites and bottled later.

FARM INFORMATION

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.

Additional information

Alcohol vol

14.5%

Grape

Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

Vintage

2014

Wine Farm

Beef, Venison, Lamb and Hard Cheese.

2 reviews for Glenelly, Lady May 2014

  1. Tim Atkin | 96 points

    “The 2014 release has less Cabernet Sauvignon and more Cabernet Franc than the 2013 and is better for it in my opinion. It’s another wine that lives up to the Bordeaux pedigree of its owner, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, with violets and graphite on the nose, notes of chocolate and mint, fine tannins and a long, refreshing finish. 2021-29”

    Tim Atkin 2019 SA Report

  2. Platters | 95 Points

    “Lavish 2014, like 2013 (4.5 stars, 94 pts), cab-based with merlot, cab franc, petit verdot to create complex, cellar worthy flagship. Bold yet lively, cassis & mulberry combine well with graphite, cedar & spices on firm but refined tannins. Natural ferment, as all; new French oak 24 months. Also magnums, as Red.”

    Platter’s 2020

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