Glenelly Estate is 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.
“For under $25 per bottle, one has to ask why you would bother with Bordeaux?” Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com (of Glenelly Grand Vin Rouge)
“She will be giving her old Deuxième Cru a run for its money soon (and let’s not even think about comparing prices!)” Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com (of Glenelly’s proprietor; May-Elaine de Lencquesaing, former owner of Château Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac)
2013 Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay
2013 Grand Vin Chardonnay Tim Atkin: 91 pts; Platter: 4*; IWC 2015: Silver; Sommelier Wine Awards 2015: Silver
2012 Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Tim Atkin: 92 pts
2012 Glass Collection Merlot Platter: 4*
2011 Glass Collection Syrah Decanter 2015: Gold; IWC 2014: Silver
2009 Grand Vin de Glenelly (Shiraz/Cab Sauv/Merlot/P Verdot) Platter: 4½*; Tim Atkin: 92 pts
2008/09 Grand Vin Magnum 2008 IWSC 2013: Silver; eRobertParker.com: 93 pts 2009 Platter: 4½*; Tim Atkin: 92 pts
2010 Lady May (Cab Sauv /P Verdot) Platter: 4½*; Wine Spectator: 91 pts; IWSC 2013: Silver; Wine Advocate Neal Martin 2013: 90 pts; Veritas 2014: Silver
2010 Lady May Magnum