Glenelly Lady May, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2014
A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc 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.
In his 2019 South Africa Special report, Tim Atkin MW has rated Glenelly as a "Second Growth" quality producer with the 2014 vintage 'Lady May' being a "Wines of the year" in the "Red Bordeaux Blends" category.
Also scoring 92+ points, by Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate, May 2021 -
"The 2014 Lady May begins with a dark, dusty, brooding nose with aromas of oak spices, dusty blackberry, black plum, sage and a rocky minerality. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is balanced with dusty dark red fruit essence that gives way to gripping tannins. Concluding with a long, dusty and drawn-out finish, persistent flavors of bitter dark chocolates, mature cedar and dusty black cherries continue to evolve after the wine has left the mouth. Give it some time in the cellar for the tannins to settle, and I recommend decanting up to an hour before pouring. This will age well until its twentieth birthday"
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