Unveiling of Glenelly’s Flagship Lady May 2012

Glenelly Estate have released the 2012 vintage of their highly acclaimed flagship wine: the Lady May named in honour of Glenelly’s Grande Dame, May de Lencquesing.

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the new vintage’s refreshed label perfectly captures the purity and elegance of the wine. The warm gold colour of the new capsule and the illustration on the label, reflect a return to May’s illustrious roots at Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux, where the original capsules were the very same shade of gold. On the back label, May describes her vision for this special cuvée (see the quote below as well as key information).

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GLENELLY LADY MAY 2012: 2012 is the latest vintage to be released. The refreshed label captures the purity and elegance of the wine. The warm gold colour of the new capsule and the illustration on the label, reflect a return to May’s illustrious roots atChâteau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux, where the original capsules were the very same shade of gold. On the back label, May describes her vision for this special cuvée (see the quote above).

The Lady May 2012 is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The grapes were hand sorted, lightly crushed and naturally fermented in stainless steel tanks. After 2-3 weeks post fermentation skin contact and gentle pressing, malolactic fermentation takes place in oak barrels. The wine is then matured for 24 months in oak from the finest French coopers. Compared to the previous vintages, the 2012 is more brooding and concentrated. It is intense, deeply coloured and complex. The nose is an alluring invitation of fresh black fruit such as cassis and blackberries, leading on to red fruit, primarily raspberries and cranberries. On the palate, notes of thyme, roast beef and cedar contrast with blackberry tones. The tannins are very fine and well-integrated and will give this wine considerable ageing potential of 12 to 18 years.

Accolades: The 2012 Lady May, as well as the 2011 and 2013 vintages, have all received 95-point ratings in Tim Atkin’s South Africa Special Reports.

Suggested food pairings from The Vine Bistro at Glenelly:

  • Braised pork cheeks, sweet potato, glazed baby carrots and red wine jus
  • Beef ribeye steak, potato wedges and root vegetables with wholegrain mustard sauce
  • Fillet of lamb, roast root vegetables, Parisienne gnocchi and thyme jus

Retail price: Lady May 2012 can be purchased online at www.glenelly.co.za and is available nationwide at specialist wine merchants. Recommended retail price: R490.

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