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This is the culmination of years of winemaking refinement and is without doubt the finest red wine produced to date at the Glenelly Estate

Greg Sherwood MW

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Lady May is Glenelly’s flagship estate wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot from their vineyards in Stellenbosch.

The flagship 2015 Bordeaux blend is etched with underlining fruit power. Fresh, stylish and subtle with dense age-worthy tannins and a long, tight finish.
A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc,11% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.1 g/L

pH

3.52

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

A great year although a “fast” (early harvest). Thanks to sufficient cold units, full dormancy break was achieved. Bud break occurred 2 weeks early and with warmer days and cooler nights in December, the harvest was 2 weeks earlier than usual. Low pH levels and good acids characterise the harvest.

Vinification details

The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was done by natural yeast with a mixture of rack and returns and open pump overs. There follows post fermentation skin contact over 2-3 weeks and gentle pressing. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels. The wine stayed on the lees for a long period of time before racking on average every 4 months, then matured during 24 months in new French oak barrels. During the aging, the wine is clarified with natural egg whites and bottled later.

Awards

Platter: 5*
Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
Decanter: 95 pts
Vinous: 92 pts
Wine Advocate: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

 

 

 

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Very fine.

Vinous

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Lady May is Glenelly’s flagship estate wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot from their vineyards in Stellenbosch.

Balanced, refined and mineral - etched with underlining fruit power. It's fresh, stylish and subtle with dense age-worthy tannins and a long, tight finish. In 2019, a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.4 g/L

pH

3.65

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

2014 was one of the wettest seasons in years in Stellenbosch, but wine quality was exceptional. Rain in November and January meant that less irrigation was needed, but disease pressure was higher. Fortunately ideal dry and moderate conditions reigned during ripening in late January and February, while a cooler March helped with hang time on the vine. Harvest was 1 week later than normal.

Vinification details

The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. Natural fermentation took place with a mixture of rack and returns and open pump-overs. Extended skin contact for 2-3 weeks was followed by a gentle pressing. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels where the wine remained on the lees for a long period of time before racking, every 4 months on average. Matured for 24 months in new French oak barrels.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 96 pts
Vinous: 93 pts
Platter: 5*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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This top-end Stellenbosch Cabernet lives up to the Bordeaux pedigree of its legendary owner, May de Lencquesaing.

Tim Atkin MW

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Lady May is Glenelly’s flagship estate wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot from their vineyards in Stellenbosch.

Sappy and refined with distinct minerality and etched with underlining fruit power, it is fresh, stylish and subtle with dense, ageworthy tannins and a long, tight finish. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.6 g/L

pH

3.64

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The 2013 harvest started two weeks later than normal. A prolonged winter into September followed by a cool spring meant a delay in bud burst by 14 days. However, cold and wet conditions helped with an even bud burst and meant the vines had enough water for the warm conditions later in the season. A warm November and moist soils lead to dense canopies which meant greater management was needed. Due to a warm dry December later cultivars ripened earlier and the earlier cultivars later, which lead to pressure in the cellar.

Vinification details

The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. Natural fermentation took place with a mixture of rack and returns and open pump-overs. Extended skin contact for 2-3 weeks was followed by a gentle pressing. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels where the wine remained on the lees for a long period of time before racking, every 4 months on average. Matured for 24 months in new French oak barrels.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
Vinous: 93 pts
Platter: 4.5*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The latest in a trio of very impressive releases from Glenelly.

Tim Atkin MW

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Lady May is Glenelly’s flagship estate wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot from their vineyards in Stellenbosch.

Elegant and complex, fresh and vibrant, the wine develops flavours of cassis, blackcurrant, dark cherry and delicate spicy plum, flavours specific to Glenelly’s terroir. Deeply coloured and perfectly balanced, it displays excellent structure with velvety tannins and a very good ageing capability of up to 15-18 years. 89% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Petit Verdot; 1% Cabernet Franc.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.68

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Red Blend

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

A very dry season with cool conditions during ripening, winter in 2011 was dry but cold. Bud burst was very even, occurring 7 days earlier than usual. Low spring temperatures lead to slow shoot growth, while rain during flowering resulted in weak set and loose bunches and increased disease pressure. Favourable, cool conditions dominated from pea bud to veraison, while a temperature spike during ripening put the vines under water stress. Harvest was one week ahead, but finished a day early.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand harvested, then lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation with natural yeasts using a mixture of rack and returns and open pump overs. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels where the wine stayed on the lees for a long period of time before racking on average every four months. Matured for 24 months in new French oak barrels.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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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

Lady May is Glenelly’s flagship estate wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot from their vineyards in Stellenbosch.

A shade lighter in colour than the 2010 vintage, the nose is more open with red rather than black fruits. Tea leaf, roast beef and thyme notes contrast intense raspberry aromas. The palate offers no less character, with powerful chewy tannins and a silky savoury finish. Seamless oak gives a hint of spice, and support for the medium to full body.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.3 g/L

pH

3.65

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Luke O'Cuinneagain

VARIETY

Red Blend

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

24 months

SULPHUR

Total: 95 Free: 20

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

A cool winter ensured a good bud burst, nine days earlier than normal. Cool conditions during berry set lead to loose bunches, and berry size was smaller than in other years. December was characterized by a warm and dry climate.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand harvested, then lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation with natural yeasts using a mixture of rack and returns and open pump overs. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels where the wine stayed on the lees for a long period of time before racking on average every four months. Matured for 24 months in new French oak barrels.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
Platter: 4.5*
Veritas 2015: Silver
eRobertParker.com: 92 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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