Glenelly Lady May, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2015
A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 13% 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.
"The 2015 Lady May is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot and offers up aromas of roasted coffee bean, mocha, fried sage, blackberry reduction and elements of rosemary blossom. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is mineral driven with flavors of dusty cherry, black plum and blackberry skin that sway with elements of bitter dark chocolates and rosemary before giving way to youthful tannins. These youthful tannins mean that this needs additional time in bottle to come around. The wine concludes with a long-lingering and food-friendly finish."
91/100 points, Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate, May 2021
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