For the 2014 vintages of their flagship Lady May Bordeaux-style red and Estate Reserve signature red blend.
Glenelly, the Stellenbosch wine estate with a French touch, located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg, has been honoured with two coveted 5-Star ratings in the 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide: for their flagship Lady May 2014 Bordeaux-style red blend as well as the Estate Reserve 2014 signature red blend.
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GLENELLY LADY MAY 2014
The Lady May 2014, an elegant blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, pays tribute to its legendary owner, world-renowned Bordeaux winemaker, Madame May de Lencquesaing.
“It has always been my dream to craft the finest Cabernet Sauvignon blend outside of France. At the grand age of 78, I finally discovered Glenelly Estate, in the heart of the iconic Stellenbosch, the ideal place for my vision to become reality. Selected from the highest and coolest vineyard slopes, these grapes confer to Lady May elegance, exceptional depth and ageing potential. This wine is my legacy.”
Winemaking: The grapes were hand sorted, lightly crushed and naturally fermented in stainless steel tanks. After 2-3 weeks post fermentation skin contact and a gentle pressing, malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels. The wine remained on the lees for a long period of time before racking, every four months on average. The wine was matured for 24 months in new oak barrels from the finest French coopers.
Tasting notes: The Lady May 2014 is an intense, deeply coloured wine. Elegant and complex with a big but classic structure, it offers alluring invitation to dark-fruited, richly-tannined depths. Fresh blackberry, cassis, dark cherry and spicy plum notes perfectly combine with dense, age-worthy tannins. Refined and balanced with distinct minerality and underlying fruit power, the wine is fresh, stylish and subtle, with a long, layered finish.
Enjoy: 2019 – 2030
Platter’s 5-star ratings: Glenelly have produced several highly-acclaimed vintages of Lady May, reaping prestigious awards, including a pinnacle 5-star rating for the 2009 and 2014 vintages in Platter’s wine guide.
Retail price: Lady May 2014 can be purchased online at www.glenelly.co.za and is available nationwide at specialist wine merchants. Recommended retail price: R520.
GLENELLY ESTATE RESERVE RED 2014
The Estate Reserve is Glenelly’s signature red blend, with long ageing potential made from the estate’s finest parcels of vines, is based on the classic claret blend from the 1700’s. The label depicts a panoramic landscape view of Glenelly to convey a real sense of place and focus on terroir. The 2014 vintage is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
Winemaking: The grapes were hand sorted and lightly crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. They were given a cold soak for three days before allowing the natural fermentation to start. Three pump-overs a day were done during fermentation, followed by extended skin contact for 2-3 weeks. The wine was placed in French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Matured for 18 months in French oak and racked on average every four months.
Tasting notes: The 2014 vintage is all about the combination of power and elegance. Rich powerful aromatics of fresh blackberries and blackcurrant initially present themselves with spicy plum and cedar continuing to lead you into the wine. The palate entry is bold and rich with fine tannins supported by the ripe fresh fruit and hints of spice. Very good oak integration with a fresh long finish.
Enjoy: 2019 – 2030
Platter’s 5-star rating; Glenelly have produced several highly-acclaimed vintages of the Estate Reserve Red, reaping prestigious awards, including a pinnacle 5-star rating for the 2014 vintage in Platter’s wine guide.
Retail price: The Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2014 can be purchased online at www.glenelly.co.za and is available nationwide at specialist wine merchants. Recommended retail price: R245.