Glenelly Lady May, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2011
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot aged for 24 months in new French oak barrels.
Owned by May de Lencquesaing, former owner of Bordeaux' Château Pichon-Lalande, Glenelly offers a Bordeaux-inspired structure with fine New World richness. Lady May is Glenelly’s flagship estate wine.
The nose opens with red rather than black fruits. Tea leaf, roast beef and thyme notes contrast intense raspberry aromas. The palate offers powerful chewy tannins and a silky savoury finish. Seamless oak gives a hint of spice, and support for the medium to full body.
"As the vines mature at Glenelly (they were only planted in 2004) so this Cabernet-based Bordeaux blend continues its ascent towards the top of the Cape pile." Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts