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

Glenelly, Lady May 2017

(2 reviews)

Glenelly Estate’s much awarded flagship wine.

This 2017 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.

97pts | Tim Atkin


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Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

LightFull Bodied


Experience Glenelly Lady May 2017, an iconic Stellenbosh red wine from South Africa that won’t disappoint.

WEATHER CONDITIONS – Simonsberg, Stellenbosch

Winter was late, but cold enough to allow dormancy of our vines. Low rainfall brought low soil moisture levels which led to managing stress in the vines later in the season via drip irrigation. Luckily spring sprung with good, even bud burst. Warm weather for the season with little to no rain. This led to smaller berries appearing and lower bunch mass. Although there were more bunches on the vines to make up the yield. The harvest was earlier than usual and larger than in previous years.


The Glenelly Lady May 2017 grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. The 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.

GRAPE VARIETIES : 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

PRODUCTION OF LADY MAY: 3,762cases – 22,577 bottles


Alcohol: 14.5% Vol.
Total Acidity: 5,86 g/L
pH: 3,55
Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/L

Additional information

Alcohol vol



Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend



Wine Farm

Beef, Venison, Lamb and Hard Cheese.

2 reviews for Glenelly, Lady May 2017

  1. Tim Atkin | 97 points

    “Right up there with the best Stellenbosch Bordeaux-style blends from the exceptional 2017 vintage, this is a distinguished, patrician wine where everything is in place: tannins, acidity, oak and fruit concentration. Marrying Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it has iodine and mint aromas, red berry and cassis flavours, subtle vanilla spice and impressive underlying structure. A red to cellar. 2024-35”

    Tim Atkin 2021 SA Report

  2. Platters | 96 Points

    “Profound, graceful Bordeaux red, 2 years in 75% new oak. 80% cab in 2016 (95 pts), noticeably opulent, with brooding blackcurrant, mulberry in complex harmony with earth, graphite & crushed herbs. Also-tasted 2017 ups cab to 90%, loses merlot for 3-way blend, showing ripe Black Forest notes with cedar & lead pencil. Both also in magnum, as Red. Collector’s items – decant for now.”

    Platter’s 2022

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